News & Updates » Boy in Bangladesh factory gruesomely killed by an air compressor
28 July 2016
Bangladesh police arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a 10 year old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such incident in less than a year, officers said.
Sagar Barman died of internal injuries in hospital few days ago after his family alleges eight mill workers were involved in forcing the compressor into the boy's rectum and turning on the machine.
The boy also worked at the mill in Rupganj town, just south of Dhaka, one of millions of child workers in Bangladesh, many of them employed in hazardous industries.
"We have arrested the mill's assistant administrative officer. We've also launched a hunt for others accused including three production managers who were named in the case," Rupganj police chief Ismail Hossain said.
Police inspector Jasim Uddin, who is investigating the killing, said senior employees had been "angry" at the boy and his father who also worked there for entering a restricted area of the mill. The little boy had only gone to the cleaning work near the compressor.
The incident comes after a 13-year-old boy was killed in the same way last August in the southwestern city of Khulna, sparking furious protests demanding justice for the child.
Two men have been sentenced to death over that case.