VIQARUNNISA STUDENT’S SUICIDE

Teacher gets bail as students hold demo for release

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 10,2018 | Updated: 02:36, Dec 10,2018

 
 

A group of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College students observe hunger strike in Dhaka on Sunday, demanding release of teacher Hasna Hena. — Abdullah Apu

A Dhaka court has granted bail to Hasna Hena, a teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, who was arrested in a case filed over provoking Aritri Adhikari to commit suicide.
The court granted bail considering her age and as there was no specific allegation against her.
Meanwhile a section of Class eleven students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College on Sunday boycotted classes and observed a token hunger strike to press home their demand for unconditional release of detained teacher Hasna Hena and impartial investigation into suicide committed by Aritri Adhikari.
They ended their fast around five hours later when some teachers requested them to do so.
Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah passed the order on Sunday afternoon after hearing the bail plea on 5000 taka bail bond. Paltan general rerecording officer sub-inspector Jalal Uddin confirmed the news to New Age.
Earlier on December 6, Metropolitan Magistrate MD Abu Sayeed sent her to jail rejecting her bail petition after she was produced before the court.
On Wednesday night, class teacher of class nine Hasna Hena was arrested from Uttara while former acting principal Nazneen Ferdous and former morning-shift in charge Jinat Akhter were absconding.
Earlier, Aritry Adhikary, a ninth grader of Viqarunnisa Noon was found hanging from the ceiling of her home in the capital’s Shantinagar on December 3, hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school. Later, her father filed a case against three teachers of the school.
On Sunday Annual examinations of all the classes except for Classes eight and five continued on the day as per schedule.
The students, including some former fellows, joined the protest demonstrations in front of the college gate in Bailey Road since 8:30am for the third consecutive day demanding release of the teacher.
They alleged that Hasna Hena was innocent as she had no involvement in the incident and she was only a victim of the situation.
At 1:00pm some teachers requested the students to break the hunger strike while one of the teachers, Jannatul Ferdous, said that they were expecting that the arrested teacher would be released any time.
Then the students agreed to break the strike and the teachers help them to drink water. They later declared that they would discontinue with their protest since the accused teacher was granted bail.
Meanwhile, admission of students in class one scheduled to begin on Sunday and was slated to continue for the next two days has been postponed, managing committee members told New Age.
Newly appointed acting principal Hasina Begum joined her duties on Saturday.

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