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University Violence: 4 Rajshahi University teachers get 2 yrs jail sentence December 6, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
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 [News] A speedy trial court of Rajshahi on 4 Dec 2007 sentenced four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers to two year’s rigorous imprisonment for violating Emergency Power Rules(EPR) 2007 by bringing out a silent procession on the campus on August 21.

These four teachers are Moloy Boumik of Management Department, Selim Reza Newton and Abdullah Al Mamun, Dulal Chandra Biswas of Mass Communication Dept.

Two other accused in the case –former VC Prof M Saidur Rahman and syndicate member and convenor of the RU Progressive Teachers’ Society Prof M Abdus Sobhan –were acquitted.

Judge Ruhul Amin said the accused had three charges against them-taking leave en mas on July 26 to protest AL Chief Sheikh Hasina’s arrest, bringing out of a silent procession on the campus on August 21 and holding a secret meeting to instigate violence the next day.

The Judge said there is no law against taking leave en masse in Bangladesh and the presence of specific teachers in the secret meeting couldn’t be proved beyond doubt.

But the bringing out the procession in the Emergency rule was a offence and minimum punishment was imposed on the accused for the offence provided in the law.

On August 21 2007 a few RU teachers brought out a procession on the campus protesting the previous days police attack on DU students.

RU students called a strike the following day. A rickshaw puller was killed on that day around 200 including police and journalists were injured, vehicles were torched and properties including the vice chancellor’s residence were damaged during day long clashes between the police and students on and around the RU campus.(Source: Daily Star)

 An ordinary citizen

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