Migrant’s death prompts ‘human chain’ protest in Altab Ali Park

Protesters form a 'human chain' over the death of Rubel Ahmed

Protesters form a 'human chain' over the death of Rubel Ahmed - Credit: Archant

A “human chain” protest was held in a Whitechapel park over the death of a young man in an immigration centre.

Scores of Bangladeshi residents met in Altab Ali Park on Thursday to demand answers after 27-year-old Rubel Ahmed was found dead in Morton Hall detention centre, Lincolnshire, on September 12.

The rally was organised by the UK Jubo Union to seek justice for Rubel, who’s family claim the Home Office said committed suicide, despite fellow inmates saying he complained of chest pains on the night of his death.

An investigation has been launched by the Home Office, but Rubel’s family are calling for an independent inquiry. Several Bangladeshi groups are calling for answers, with a separate protest held in Westminster on Tuesday.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said: “We take our responsibilities towards detainees’ health and welfare extremely seriously.

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“As is the case with any death in detention a full investigation has been launched.”

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