Amader Sangha Samajik Sangskritik Society forms a human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday, protesting at the negligence in rescuing minor boy Zihad from the abandoned tube-well at Shahjahanpur. — New Age photo
Three-and a-half year old Zihad died due to head injury and drowning within two hours of falling into the water-pump well at Shajahanpur Railway Colony Friday afternoon at around 3 PM, according forensic tests done by Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Zihad’s body was handed over to his parents at around 10:30pm after postmortem examinations at DMCH morgue on Sunday.
The minor boy was then taken to his village at Gosharhat of Naperpara in Shariatpur and buried there.
Zihad fell into the well at Shajahanpur railway colony, left abandoned by the railways, while playing with other boys. The boy was finally pulled up dead to the surface from deep inside the well over 24 hours
later, Saturday afternoon, by locals and volunteers, after the fire service had abandoned the rescue operation.
Few hours after the incident, rescuers of fire service said they had sent juice inside the well and Zihad had drunk that.
A three-member team led by Habibuzzaman, head of DMCH forensic department, was formed this morning to carry out the postmortem.
After conducting autopsy for one-and-a-half hour, Habibuzzaman revealed the reason of the boy’s death to journalists.
Habibuzzaman added ‘the boy might have been stuck to something a bit higher in the well and screamed from there. When he fell to the bottom, he died within few minutes from drowning in the water.’
Zihad also suffered from head injuries which were severe, but before succumbing to the injuries, he died for drowning,’ said Habibuzzaman.
Meanwhile, a case was filed with Shajahanpur police in connection with the incident accusing railway senior sub-assistance engineer (bridge) Jahangir Alam and contractor firm SR R House’s owner Abdus Salam.
In the case statement, Zihad’s father Nasir Fakir said the authorities left the water-pump well uncared for and open where his son fell down and died.
When contacted, Nasir told New Age that he was not aware of the details of the case since he did not know everyone responsible.
‘Police and some seniors among my relatives wrote the complaint and I only signed there,’ said Nasir.
Meanwhile, police have been facing criticism for harassment of Zihad’s father in their custody.
Nasir said police took him to the police station around 3:00am early Saturday and kept him till recovery of Zihad, for over 12 hours.
Asked about police harassment, inspector general of police Hassan Mahmood Khandker told reporters in a briefing at home ministry that they would probe whether Zihad’s father faced any harassment and was kept detained unnecessarily for long time.
The police chief, however, said Zihad’s father was kept in police custody with honest intentions.
He said they interrogated Fakir in a ‘friendly
manner’ to ‘uncover the mystery’.
State minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said there was no ill intent in the police and denied allegations that Nasir was tortured in custody.
Nasir claimed police suspected he had hidden his son and wanted to know the ‘truth’. They threatened Fakir saying he would be handed over to RAB if he did not speak.
The ‘flawed’ rescue operation of fire service and other agencies have also raised question about their efficiency, as locals and volunteers were able to pull up the boy with a net after the fire service abandoned the operation and began to pack up, declaring that they did not find anybody inside the narrow 300-feet deep well.
When approached, fire service director general
Ali Ahmed Khan said they had not packed up the rescue operation and rather said there was no possibility of rescuing the boy
The fire service men were continuing their operation on a limited scale, which eventually rescued the boy, said the DG.
Source: New Age