Tarek Chowdhury from Bangladesh was killed by another detainee at Colnbrook

The Home Office is under fire about how a “gentle and polite” man lost his life to a killer with a history of violence and mental health problems after officials locked them both up on the same wing in immigration detention.

An inquest which opened on Monday at west London coroner’s court is to explore the role of the Home Office, along with the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, 64, from Bangladesh, who was killed by Zana Assad Yusif, 33, from Iraq, in December 2016 at Colnbrook immigration removal centre near Heathrow.

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