Ranglai Mro finally freed

Posted: জানুয়ারি 26, 2009 in Human Rights

Indigenous leader Ranglai Mro at last was freed yesterday after 19 days of his bail granted by the High Court (HC) on January 7.

Ranglai was arrested on February 24, 2007 and was tortured so severely by law enforcers that he had to be moved to National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD) and kept in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU).

He was handcuffed to a bed at NICVD and suffered for extra 19 days due to the delay in reaching his bail order to the jail authorities from the HC.

Towhidul Islam, superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail told The Daily Star, “Mro was set free at about 3:30pm after we had received the bail order by post at 2:00pm.”

“We are not responsible for the delay and extra sufferings to Mro. The court sent the bail order to Bandarban Judicial Magistrate’s court which forwarded it to us and there the delay is made,” he said.

Even though he was in such a critical condition, the jail authorities did not remove his fetters until human rights organisation, Ain O Salish Kendra and the National Human Rights Commission, intervened.

Meanwhile, Nagorik Uddyog has asked the Inspector General of Prisons to remove his handcuffs.

Mro, also the chairman of Sulaok Union Parishad in Bandarban, was arrested in a case filed under the Arms Act. He was convicted in the arms case on June 13, 2007, and sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment.

Lawyers sought release of Mro on humanitarian grounds and for emergency medical attention. They also argued that Mro had been falsely implicated in the case.

In a press release issued yesterday, Zakir Hossain of Nagorik Uddyog said the use of such restraint was constitutionally banned as a form of cruel and degrading treatment.

He also asked the IG-Prisons to clarify his officials about the ban on handcuff.

The daily star 27th january 2009

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