Assault on Principal

Teachers, students on demo for punishment of BCL activists

RU Correspondent | Published: 01:02, Nov 04,2019


Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute teachers and students boycotted classes and examinations on Sunday in protest against throwing the institute principal into a pond reportedly by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the previous day.

The sought justice for principal Farid Uddin Ahammed and demanded that the Chhatra League activists should be punished.

More than 200 teachers and students formed a human chain in front of the institute and also demanded ban on student politics, restriction on the entrance of outsiders and security of students and teachers.

Meanwhile, police arrested five students of the institute in this connection.

The arrested are Shafi Shahriar, Badhon Ray, Sohel Rana, Arfiul Islam, and Mehedi Hasan Rabbi.

They were shown arrested in a case filed by Farid Uddin on Saturday night against 50 people, among whom the principal mentioned names of eight people, said Chandrima police station officer-in-charge Golam Mostofa.

Police also picked up 21 other students during raids on student messes in the city over their possible connection with the act, confirmed the OC.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra League Rajshahi Metropolitan unit suspended the activities of its Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute branch following the incident.

Rocky Kumar Ghosh, president of BCL RMP unit, told New Age that they suspended the polytechnic unit committee and recommended expulsion of Kamal Hossain Sourav.

‘A six-member probe body, headed by RPI unit BCL president Mehedi Hasan Regan, was formed to investigate into the incident’, he added.

A group of Chattra League activists assaulted polytechnic institute principal Farid Uddin Ahammed and threw him into a pond on Saturday afternoon after he turned down a request of the activists to allow some of their fellows to sit for examinations despite having less than required attendance in classes.  

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