A writ petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) on Tuesday, seeking Tk3 crore compensation for the family of Titas Ghosh, who died in an ambulance on a ferry that was allegedly forced to wait for three hours for a VIP’s arrival.
Legal Support and People's Rights Chairman and Supreme Court lawyer Md Zahir Uddin filed the petition on Tuesday.
The writ petitioner sought the court’s directives on action against Joint Secretary Abdus Sabur Mondal and ferry manager Salam Hossain, and ensuring priority to ambulance movement on roads and ferries.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader will hear the petition on July 31.
What happened to Titas?
Titas Ghosh, 11, a sixth-grader at Kalia Pilot Secondary School in Narail, was injured in a road accident.
His family was taking him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment by an ambulance on Sunday night.
The boy breathed his last due to excessive bleeding in the brain as the ambulance was waiting on the ferry.
The family alleged that the ferry was barred from setting off its journey as the deputy commissioner of the district ordered the authorities to keep the ferry waiting for an additional secretary and a deputy secretary.
The family members of Titas also said they had repeatedly requested the ferry authorities to start it but they did not pay heed to their pleas.
It is alleged that the ferry was waiting for Abdus Sabur Mondal, an additional secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, despite requests from passengers.