Protests against attack on Sylhet college girl by a Chattra League leader intensified and spread to other districts on Thursday while the family of spokesperson for protesting Sylhet students were allegedly threatened by an unidentified caller.
The condition of the victim Khadiza Akhter Nargis is still unchanged and she is still on life support, said sources in Square Hospitals Limited in Dhaka.
Hundreds of students of different educational institutions, guardians and socio-cultural organisations in Sylhet and elsewhere in the country took to the streets on Thursday protesting against the attack and demanding exemplary punishment for the attacker, Badrul Alam, assistant general secretary of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology unit of the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League.
The victim’s father, Mashuk Miah, an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, came to Dhaka in the morning and his brother Shahin Ahmed came from China around noon to visit Khadiza at the hospital.
Talking to newsmen at Square Hospitals in the afternoon, Mashuk demanded speedy trial of Badrul and capital punishment for him.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, after visiting the victim at the hospital in the evening, told reporters that government would do everything to ensure speedy trial of Badrul.
Earlier in the morning, Nurul Islam, principal of Sylhet Government Women’s College, where Khadiza
is a second year bachelor student, visited Khadiza and demanded ‘proper punishment’ for the attacker.
BNP central leader Enam Ahmed Chowdhury visited the girl in the afternoon.
Bangladeh Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka condemning the attack and demanding capital punishment for the Chhatra League leader.
Badrul hacked the college girl indiscriminately in the head and the hands on Monday when she came out of her examination hall at MC College in Sylhet city.
Badrul made a statement before a Sylhet court on Wednesday confessing that he attacked to kill Khadiza for denial of his proposal for a love affair, Shah Paran police officer-in-charge Shahjalal Munsi said.
New Age staff Correspondent in Sylhet reported that an unidentified caller threatened the family of Fazilatun Nessa, spokesperson of the protesting students of Khadiza’s college, over telephone.
Talking to reporters on Sylhet Government Women’s College campus, the Fazilatun Nessa alleged that an unidentified caller phoned her mother around noon and asked the mother to keep the girl away from the protests.
‘The caller asked my mother to keep me away from the protests or I would be hacked like Khadiza,’ she said quoting her mother.
She, however, expressed her determination to continue her protests.
Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Sohel Ahmad told New Age that they were aware of the threat and in contact with the family.
Several hundred Women’s College students brought out a procession from in front of the college at Chowhatta at about 10:00am boycotting scheduled classes for the third day on Thursday.
They submitted a memorandum to the prime minister through the district administration at about 11:30am. Additional deputy commissioner Syed Md Aminur Rahman received the memorandum.
Later, they held a rally in front of the college blocking Zindabazar-Ambarkhana Road.
They declared suspension of their protests until October 16 on the occasion of Durga Puja and the ongoing degree examinations under National University.
Sylhet Government Women College Alumni Association, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Jaintapur Chhinnamul Sangstha, Sylhet Friends Club and Paribarik Narzatan Pratirodh Jote formed human chains and held rallies in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in Sylhet demanding speedy trial and highest punishment of Badrul.
Sylhet MC College students also staged protests blocking Sylhet-Tamabil Road.
Besides, several thousand residents Ausha, the village of Khadiza, and the neighbouring villages staged protests blocking Sylhet-Sunamganj Highway between 10:00am and 1:00pm.
Addressing a rally during a human chain, local elites threatened to go for tougher agitations if steps were not taken immediately to transfer the case to the speedy trial tribunal.
In Bogra, Samajtantrik Mahila Forum and Samajtantrik Chattra Forum jointly formed a human chain condemning the attack and and demanding exemplary punishment for the attacker.
The authorities of Ayazur Rahman High School at Gobindaganj in Sunamganj, where Badrul was a temporary teacher, suspended him, said the school’s governing body president Makhlisur Rahman.
He said that the decision was made in an emergency meeting of the governing body. ‘Badrul was appointed as a teacher on February 1, 2014.’
Earlier on Tuesday, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology suspended Badrul from the university and formed a three-member committee led by the acting proctor Rashed Taluder to probe the incident and submit its report in a possible shortest time.
SUST Economics Association also suspended the membership of Badrul from the organisation on Wednesday.
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