Dhaka University vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzman said on Sunday he found similarities between the activities of protesters for quota reform and international extremist outfits like Taliban, Al-Qaeda and al-Shabab.
‘The Taliban militants usually send provocative video messages, and like those extremism-inspired video I have seen…video messages similar to Taliban leader Molla Omar and Osama Bin Laden are being sent,’ the vice-chancellor told reporters during a briefing at his office over the recent developments at the university.
Akhtaruzzman claimed that an evil force was active in the ‘so-called’ movement for quota reform.
The university pro-vice chancellor Muhammad Samad and proctor Golam Rabbani, among others, were present at the briefing.
The proctor refrained from commenting on how many students had been arrested, remanded or left injured since ruling-party backed Bangladesh Chhatra League started attacking on the quota reformists on June 30.
Pro-vice chancellor Samad said a seven-member committee was formed to investigate into the recent incident in which a number of students were attacked, harassed and injured.
In the briefing, Akhtaruzzaman said seeing a video-clip of quota protesters, it seemed to him that their activities were similar to international extremist outfits like Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab as their leader Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden used to send their message from unknown locations.
Akhtaruzzaman also said the procession in female halls at night was an indication of extremist act, as the extremists always try to use women.
The vice-chancellor also said another evil axis was also working, who wanted to stop all classes and examinations.
Such steps were taken during movement against ‘autocrats’, he said, adding that such steps in present circumstance are unethical.
Arguing that the way the extremists used female as their last weapons, the quota reformists were using female students, Akhtaruzzaman said they would dealt with it for sake of maintaining law.
‘The university authorities would not tolerate it and if there was any criminal offence, it would be dealt to enforce the rule of law,’ he said.
Asked whether he found any connection with the extremist outfits, the vice-chancellor said, ‘I do not know the outfit. But, the video I have seen is similar to extremist video. It calls to embrace death. Seeing this, it is assumed that unholy power is active.’
He said in past the authorities showed restraint in punishing the university students and even when the offices of proctor and vice chancellor were damaged.
‘But,’ he said, ‘in future, modern technology will be used to identify the offenders’.
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