PROF AKTER JAHAN’S DEATH

Colleagues, students demand fair probe

RU Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 10,2018 | Updated: 00:27, Sep 10,2018

 
 

Teachers and students of Rajshahi University Mass Communication and Journalism department on Sunday demanded fair investigation and justice in the murder case of their fellow teacher Professor Aktar Jahan Joly.
 They came up with the demand at a memorial meeting arranged by the department at its 123 no room to mark the second death anniversary of the deceased teacher.
At the meeting, the teachers and students alleged that the investigation officer of the case submitted ‘wrong, unauthorised and fabricated’ information in the charge sheet.
Professor Dulal Chandra Biswas said that it was not a death, rather it was a murder. ‘But, in the charge sheet it was not clearly mentioned that it was a murder,’ he said.
Department chair Associate Professor Abdullah Al Mamun alleged that the investigation officer of the case submitted false statements of seven teachers in the charge sheet under section 161 without taking statements from any of them.
They demanded fair investigation into the murder case to ensure fair justice.
Among others, Professor Khademul Islam, Professor Pradip Kumar Panday, Associate Professors Selim Reza Newton, Moshihur Rahman, Satil Siraj, Mojammel Hossain Bokul, Mahbubur Rahman, Assistant Professors Kazi Mamun Haider, Md Mahbubur Rahman addressed the mourn meeting.
Earlier on September 9 in 2016, police found Aktar Jahan dead inside her dormitory at Zuberi Bhaban, a guesthouse-cum quarter for teachers living single on the campus. On that night police and his colleagues found a ‘suicidal note’ under a laptop in her bedroom. The note reads, ‘No one is responsible for my death. I committed suicide due to physical and mental pressure.’
On the following day, Akter Jahan’s brother Kamrul Hasan Raton filed a suicide provocation case with Motihar Police Station under section 306 of penal code stating that she was forced to commit suicide.
Later on August 25 last year police submitted charge sheet against Mass Communication and Journalism department Assistant Professor Atikur Rahman Raja to the Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
The investigation officer stated in the charge sheet that, during the investigation they found that Professor Akter Jahan had a love affair with Atikur Rahman for long, and their relationship was not going well which made her to commit suicide.
Meanwhile, public prosecutor Abdus Salam told New Age on Sunday that the deceased brother Kamrul Hasan, rejecting the charge sheet, filed an appeal with the court for a fair reinvestigation. 
The hearing of the appeal would be held on September 27, he added.

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