HC asks why 83 deported workers should not be released
Writ petitioner advocate Salah Uddin Reagan, himself, and advocate Md Iqbal Hossain participated in the hearing
The High Court has issued a ruling asking authorities concerned to explain why order should not be given to release the 83 workers, who returned here from Vietnam and Qatar last month.
An HC bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the ruling today, following a public interest litigation.
Home Secretary and authorities concerned have been asked respond to the ruling within two weeks.
Writ petitioner advocate Salah Uddin Reagan, himself, and advocate Md Iqbal Hossain participated in the hearing.
Earlier on September 1, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder ordered to send the 83 arrested workers to jail after hearing the appeal made by the investigative officer, followed by the completion of their official quarantine period at Uttara's Diabari.
According to Turag Police Station Officer-in-Charge Md Nurul Mustakim, these workers were deported on August 16 due to the allegation of various crimes against them while in exile.
"Based on evidence, they were arrested under section 54 as they tried to return home from the quarantine centre," he further added.
On September 13, lawyer Salah Uddin Reagan filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking the release of 81 workers returned from Vietnam and 2 from Qatar.