By FutureLaw Desk
Five officials of Rid Pharmaceuticals Ltd, including its managing director Mizanur Rahman, were acquitted on Monday (28 November 2016) in the case of manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup that claimed lives of many children in 2009.
The order was passed today by Judge M Atoar Rahman, Judge of the Dhaka Drug Court. The other four officials are, Sheuli Rahman (wife of the MD) and Abdul Gani, both directors of the company and Mahbubul Islam and Enamul Haque, pharmacists working on the company.
In his observation, judge Atoar Rahman noted that, the ‘inefficiency and lack of skills’ of part of the claimant and investigator is the key reason behind this acquittal. The seizure list and the investigation report was not submitted properly before the court by the investigation officer; besides, the important steps which needed to be followed while filing the case were not taken either, the judge added.
In 2009, Rid Pharmaceuticals Company produced and marketed an adulterated paracetamol syrup which reportedly caused death of 28 children. They died at Dhaka Shishu Hospital due to renal failure after the intake of the specific paracetamol of Rid Pharma. The then drug superintendent Shafiqul Islam filed a case with the drug court on August 10 in 2009 against the accused persons. Four other cases were filed against this company in other places including Brahminbaria.
Previously in a similar case, the Dhaka Drug Court sentenced a sentence of 10 years imprisonment to the owner and other officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals limited. Same punishment were given to the officials of BCI Pharmaceuticals when about 76 children died in 1992 by consuming the adulterated paracetamol syrup.
Source – RTNN