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Verify prisoners, accused through bio-metric system: HC

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The High Court has directed the Home Ministry to introduce bio-metric system at all jails and police stations across the country for verification of prisoners and accused.

A virtual High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the directive on a writ petition on Thursday.

The High Court also declared the arrest warrant issued against Zahir Uddin, instead of Modasser Ansari alias Mohaddes, in Noakhali in 2017 who was implicated in a sabotage case wrongfully, as illegal.

The HC suggested the Home Ministry collect fingerprints, handprints and eyeball scans of the accused, take the photograph of the accused and preserve it and introduce biometric system in all jails.

Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir stood for Zahir Uddin while deputy attorney general Bipul Bagmar represented the state.

The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) last week submitted a report. saying Mohammad Zahir Uddin of Basurhat in Noakhali district, was not the actual accused in the case filed with Khilgaon Police Station in Dhaka under the Sabotage Act.

The real accused was identified as Modasser Ansari alias Mohaddes, son of Ahsan Ullah of Companiganj upazila of Noakhali district.

On March 10 last year, the HC bench stayed the arrest warrant issued against Zahir Uddin by a Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The HC also asked the PBI to investigate whether Zahir Uddin was the actual accused in the case or not.

According to the PBI report, submitted by PBI additional superintendent of police Sarwar Alam, no evidence was found against Zahir and he is also not the real accused.

During the investigation, PBI found Modasser Ansari as the real accused in the case, the report said.

On April 9, 2013, police arrested Modasser Ansari in a case filed with Khilgaon Police Station.

Modasser, during his arrest, concealed his actual identity and introduced himself as Zahir Uddin, son of Asgar Ali of Basurhat in Noakhali district.

On October 31, 2013, Modasser secured bail and went into hiding after walking out of the Dhaka Central Jail.

On April 8, 2014, police submitted chargesheet against Zahir and others in the case.

On October 11, 2017, the Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate issued a warrant for the arrest of Zahir Uddin in the case.

Later, Zahir Uddin filed a petition challenging the legality of the arrest warrant.

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