HC orders further health examination of Shahidul

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The High Court on Thursday ordered the secretary of home ministry to conduct further health examination of acclaimed photographer and activist Shahidul Alam to determine whether he was tortured physically or mentally in custody of detective branch.

The court asked the secretary to submit the health examination report to the trial court by Monday.

The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order hearing a writ petition filed by Shahidul’s partner Rahnuma Ahmed.

The court also disposed the other part of the petition challenging the remand of Shahidul.

Earlier, the court received the health examination conducted by four physicians at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University where they observed ‘no abnormality detected’ in Shahidul body.

Shahidul’s counsel Sara Hossain raised objection on the report saying it only says of Shahidul’s physical condition and the physicals did not examine whether Shahidul was tortured in custody physically or mentally and there was no psychiatrist on the panel.

A band of plainclothes policemen picked up Shahidul from his Dhanmondi residence in Bangladesh capital Dhaka late Sunday night.

Shahidul was detained hours after he had given an interview to Doha-based television channel Al Jazeera regarding on-going students movement.

On Monday, he was put on a seven-day remand by a Dhaka court in a case filed under section 57(2) of Information and Communications Technology Act.

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