The High Court has said that the family of a boy, who died after falling into a deep tube-well in Dhaka, is entitled to compensation, agencies report. The order came from the bench of justices Farah Mahbub and Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo on Thursday after it disposed a previous rule issued on the matter.
However, the amount of compensation and who would liable for it can be only known after the court publishes the full verdict, says a lawyer involved in the matter. On Dec 26, 2014, 4-year-old boy Jihad fell into a deep tube-well at Dhaka’s Shahjahanpur. He fell through the pipe’s 14-inch opening, which was kept unsealed even after it was abandoned.
Rescuers had called off their search after 23 hours, but the locals refused to give up. They finally pulled out Jihad soon afterwards but the child was dead by then. Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital said then he had died several hours before being taken to the hospital.
Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation filed petition with the High Court claiming Tk 3 million in damages for the death. The home secretary, DGs of Fire Service and Bangladesh Railway, chairman of WASA, DMP commissioner, and two other police officials were made defendants in the appeal.
The High Court served a rule in favour of the petitioners on Feb 15, 2015. After Jihad’s death, his father Nasir Fakir lodged a case with Shahjahanpur Police against a railways official and a contractor involved in the installation of the deep tube well project.