BUET expels 4 BCL leaders for attack on teacher

BUET professor-jahangir-alam

The BUET authorities have expelled four leaders and members of the university unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League for assaulting a teacher, sued for sedition last week.

Two of them – BUET unit President Shubhra Jyoti Tikader and General Secretary Abu Syed Kanak – were expelled from the university for life, Teachers’ Association General Secretary Abdul Hasib Chowdhury confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

Two others – Protik Dutta and Rahat Imtiaz Ratul – were suspended for different terms for their role in the attack, he said.

The decision was made at Syndicate meetings held on April 18 and 19. Hasib said the accused were informed about the decisions on Monday night through letters.

Vice-Chancellor Khaleda Ekram said they had been expelled for breaching discipline and spoiling the campus environment.

When contacted, Kanak, one of the lead attackers upon the teacher, alleged that the university authorities had taken the decision with a “malafide” intention. He said they would appeal with the High Court and also issue an ultimatum to the university for seven days to withdraw the decision.

Meanwhile, the teachers association has announced to resume academic activities from today. They were observing work abstention since April 12 demanding punishment to those who attacked civil engineering department teacher Jahangir Alam.

The teacher was assaulted by some activists of Chhatra League on April 12 following his comments on a Facebook group criticising the unfair nature of the trial and subsequent execution of Islamist leader Kamaruzzaman the previous day.

On April 16, BUET Chhatra League leader Siyam Hossain filed a sedition case against BUET teacher Jahangir for making provocative remarks, despite the latter being  a victim to severe beating by the pro-ruling party Chhatra League cadres, who dragged from his own room in the academic building of the university by the collar and confined him to the cafeteria, where he was subject to vicious beating.