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Minor charged with murder: HC summons IOs over allegation of forced confession

The High Court today summoned two investigation officers (IOs) of a case filed over the murder of a child in Bogura, asking them to appear before it to place their explanations over allegation of forcibly taking confessional statement from the deceased's brother, also a minor.

The then IO Nayan Kumar, now an inspector of Criminal Investigation Department of Police in Naogaon, and the present IO Md Mansur Ali, a sub-inspector of Police Bureau of Investigation in Bogura, have been ordered to appear before the HC by 10:30am on August 3.

The HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Atoar Rahman ordered the police officers Nayan Kumar and Mansur Ali to submit their written explanations to the bench in seven days.

Current IO Mansur Ali has been ordered to appear before the bench on August 3 with the relevant case dockets.

The HC bench came up with the directives during the hearing on a criminal revision petition filed, challenging the legality of the trial proceedings at the Juvenile Court in Bogura, in connection with the case where the underage boy was accused of murdering his eight-year-old brother.

Lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir argued for the petitioners while Deputy Attorney General Md Bashir Ullah represented the state during virtual hearing of the petition.

The accused boy and his parents were also virtually connected with the hearing today.

On June 21, the HC bench had observed that forcing a confessional statement out of accused was "unfortunate for the country".

Five Supreme Court lawyers -- Ahammed Abdullah Khan, Md Zahirul Islam, Md Mustafizur Rahman, Md Zobaidur Rahman and Imrul Kayes -- jointly filed the criminal revision petition as a public interest litigation before the HC on Sunday challenging the legality of the trial proceedings at the Juvenile Court in Bogura.

Lawyer Shishir placed the petition before the HC bench along with a copy of The Daily Star report on the matter, as well as its video report, as supportive documents.

In the petition, the petitioners prayed to the HC bench to summon case documents from the juvenile court and take necessary steps to give remedy for the "gross injustice".

On June 11, The Daily Star published a report titled "Bearing the unbearable", and a follow-up video about the ordeal of the family.

On August 25, 2015, the body of the eight-year-old was found in a jute field in Bogura's Katakhali. A day later, the father filed a case with Sariakandi Police Station.

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