Health Desk-25 June, 2019: The High Court (HC) on Monday asked authorities concerned to inform court in a week about steps taken against the travel agencies and human traffickers responsible for the death of 37 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea.
An HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order asking the Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar to provide the information to this court and kept the matter pending for hearing for a week.
The court came up with the order after holding hearing on a writ filed by lawyer Mohammad Emdadul Haque Sumon. The petitioner in his writ pleaded for court's direction in giving Tk one crore to each families of the victims and steps against the accused.
The Bangladeshi nationals, most of whom were from Sylhet and Noakhali, reportedly died after their boat capsized in the sea on the way to Italy from Libya on May 9.
The lawyer in the writ petition urged the HC to direct the government to form a high-powered committee in order to probe the incidents of illegal human trafficking and to identify the travel agencies and fraud human traffickers responsible for incidents.
The lawyer in the petition also requested the High Court to ask the government to incorporating a provision of death sentence in the Manab Pachar Protirodh O Daman Ain (Human Trafficking Prevention Act and Suppression Act) 2012 for the persons responsible for the incidents of human trafficking.