Effigy of a teacher burnt for insulting the Prime Minister

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Chattra league (Student wing of ruling party) burned the effigy of a teacher of Sher-E-bangla Agricultural University for making ‘derogatory’ comments regarding Prime Minister on Facebook. A student named Mahmudul Hasan was thrown out from his campus hall on Monday night by Chattra league leaders on charges of involvement in relation to the same incident.

The accused teacher was Arfan Ali, an assistant professor of horticulture at the University. University Administration and Chhatra League activists said, various cultural organization activists protested against the assault on women on Dhaka University TSC area on the day of pohela boishakh. A number of media covered the news and published pictures. Mahmudul Hasan, a student from 66th batch of the university, gave a status on Facebook with such a picture. Arfan Ali made a derogatory comment regarding prime minister on that status. Chattra league demonstrated protest on campus against that comment on Tuesday. After the procession, Chhatra League activists burned the effigy of that teacher in front of the university administrative building. Later they submitted a six-point memorandum to the vice chancellor of the university. Their demands include the dismissal of the accused teacher from service, cancellation his PhD degree, to have him ruled out of the syndicate and suspend him for life, file a sedition case against him on behalf of the administration, stop his salary and allowances, and cancellation of his University studentship (previous).

The accused teacher Arfan Ali claimed on Tuesday by giving a new Facebook status that his ID (Facebook Account) was hacked on April 13, which he managed to recover on Monday night. He apologized to the teacher-student for vulgar comments made from his hacked Facebook account.

Arfan Ali is currently in Saudi Arabia on a study leave. There were tries to contact him via email. But no reply was received. Meanwhile Chhatra League activists threw out Mahmudul Hasan from Kazi Nazrul Islam hall on charges for liking the comment on Monday night at around 2 pm.

A five-member inquiry committee headed by Sekendar Ali, Director of student counseling and guidance, was formed by the university administration. Syndicate has called an emergency meeting on April 5 regarding the subject.
The vice- chancellor Sadat Ullah said, it is very disrespectful for a university teacher to make such a comment regarding the prime minister. He also informed that the university will take legal actions against the accused teacher.

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