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Accident was accident but the boy`s death was not accident

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Editorial Desk :
The High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Matiur Rahman,  Editor and Publisher of vernacular  national daily Prothom Alo, for four weeks in a case filed over the death of Naimul Abrar Rahat, a ninth grader at Dhaka Residential Model School and College.
The court ordered Matiur Rahman and others accused in the murder case of Naimul to surrender in the trial court after this time. The trial court is also asked to consider their bail in the case if so deserves under the law.
Barrister M Amir-ul Islam and advocate Sumaya Aziz appeared in the court on behalf of the accused, while Additional Attorney General Momtaz Uddin Fakir stood for the State.  
Abrar was electrocuted by a power generator that was set up adjacent to the stage on November 1 last year during an anniversary celebration titled "Ki Ananda" organised by Prothom Alo's juvenile magazine Kishore Alo.
On January 16, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam issued arrest  
warrants against 10 persons over Abrar's death after Mohammadpur police submitted a report accusing 5 Prothom Alo persons and 5 others in connection with the death.
Apart from the Prothom Alo's five names, others were not mentioned in the FIR. Their names were included in the police report submitted later.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on November 6 under Section 304 (A) issued warrants of arrest for the crime of death.   
Obviously it's very unfortunate that a murder case has been lodged against some 10 persons including the editor of a national daily following the unusual death of the school student.
But what surprised the whole nation is that in order to continue the celebration of joy the organisers manipulated situation for the facts such as the incident of celebration was not interrupted by the fatal accident of the boy.
For hiding the fact, according to news published in the media, the boy was sent to a remote place for treatment.
If this is true then it is unbelievable that the journalists of eminence can forgive themselves for carrying on the celebration just for the sponsors without doing everything on emergency basis and taking the boy immediately to the nearest facility for medical care.
Instead of attending to the boy's need of urgent treatment he was sent away to a distant place so that nobody knows. Such an act deliberate if found true is unforgivable.
The experts also expressed definitive opinion that it is easier to revive electrocuted patients if immediate treatment could be administered.
We do not blame anybody, we have only expressed our deep anxiety for knowing that the boy's life could have been saved if proper human care was taken and the joyous ceremony was suspended.
Those who issued a statement showing innocence of the editor and others of Prothom Alo have done it for taking them as their own men politically or otherwise.
We also have sympathy especially for the journalists accused in the case as the allegations are waiting for final decision regarding the charge-sheet. As the loss of a young boy with full of future is too tragic we refrained from outright ignoring the seriousness of the allegations as it appears after the initial police investigation.
We admit we do not have all the facts ourselves as eye witnesses but from newspaper reports on the tragedy we cannot avoid feeling that the boy lost his life because the ceremony for pleasure appeared to the organisers of sponsored function more important.
It is also highly possible that the electrification would not have been so faulty if the function was carefully arranged knowing that the children would be there.
The matter is waiting for trial and we earnestly hope that the trial will be over soon and not dragged on and the innocent ones will go free.

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