Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute is going to take punitive action against 16 students over throwing its principal into a pond on the campus.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the academic-cum-administrative parishad recently after the probe body submitted its report, said Principal Farid Uddin Ahmed.
It decided to expel four students, withhold the main certificates of five others for the next five year and give transfer certificates to seven students. All of them are leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
The meeting also decided to keep the student politics halted on the campus to ensure a congenial atmosphere and sought cooperation from political parties and police, said the principal.
Those face expulsion include prime accused Kamal Hossain alias Sourav, Raihanul Islam, Murad Hossain and Sajib Hossain.
On November 2, a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men threw their principal into the pond on the campus for his refusal to allow two students to fill up forms for examination for inadequate class attendance.
The incident was captured in a surveillance camera.
The principal filed a case against 50 people with Chandrima Police Station in the city. Later, the case was transferred to Detective Branch of police.
The institute formed a probe body to look into the incident.
Officer-in-charge of the case Mahbub Hasan said they arrested 18 people, including FIR-named five, over the incident.
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that legal action should be taken against ‘Daily Sangram’ for describing executed war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla as ‘martyr’.
“We’ll talk to the Home Ministry on this matter,” he said while responding to reporters after paying tribute to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Quader, also general secretary of ruling Awami League, said that the evil communal power which attacked freedom fighters, Bengalis in 1971, and killed intellectuals, is still spreading poison.
“It’s our pledge today to prevent and defeat this communal evil power. We’ll take oath to root out the poison of communalism. We’ll unite the nation,” he said.
While responding to reporters about war criminals who are staying abroad, the minister said, “We are looking into the matter [and] action will be taken on time.”
He said the government is also trying its best to bring back the killers who fled abroad.
The Daily Sangram published an article on its Thursday (December 12) issue describing Quader Molla as a ‘martyr’.
Molla, the Jamaat Assistant Secretary General, was executed on Dec 12, 2013 for crimes against humanity including the massacre of unarmed civilians and the killing of intellectuals during the War of Independence in 1971.
A smiling photograph of the ‘butcher of Mirpur’ flashing a victory sign after getting life sentence on Feb 5 sparked a massive protest demanding his death. The protest eventually turned into what later came to be known as ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’.
A Tribunal here on Wednesday summoned Rafida Ahmed Bonya on December 30 to testify in the murder case of her husband, founder of Mukto Mona blog Avijit Roy.
Judge of Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Md Mujibur Rahman directed Bonya and five other witnesses to appear before the court to testify.
Earlier on March 25, a Dhaka court transferred the Bangladesh-born US citizen Avijit’s murder case to the Anti-Terrorism Tribunal for trial proceedings.
Before that on March 14, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) pressed charges against six people, including sacked Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam in the case.
The five other accused are Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Akram Hossain alias Abir, Md Arafat Rahman and Shafiur Rahman Farabi.
Of them, Zia and Akram have been on the run.
Avijit, son of recently deceased physicist Ajoy Roy, was hacked to death, but Banya escaped with serious injuries after unidentified assailants attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University campus on the evening of February 26, 2015, as they were returning home from the Amor Ekushey Boi Mela.
Avijit’s late father filed a murder case with Shahbagh Police Station the very next day.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is set to hear on Thursday BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust Graft Case.
On December 5, the apex court deferred the hearing until December 12 and asked the medical board formed to treat Khaleda Zia to submit reports on her health condition before it within Thursday.
A six-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, had passed the order following a petition seeking time.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had filed the petition seeking time for submitting the health reports.
On November 28, the six-member Appellate Division bench deferred the hearing on the bail petition in the case until December 5.
It had also asked the medical board formed to treat the BNP chairperson to submit a health report before the court on December 5.
Khaleda had moved the apex court on November 14 challenging a High Court order that had turned down her bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The High Court on September 11 rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in the case. Her bail petitions were turned down twice earlier on July 31 and September 3.
On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust case with Tejgaon police against four people, including Khaleda. They were accused of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
A special court jailed the BNP chief and three others for seven years in the corruption case on October 29 last year. Khaleda later moved the High Court.
The former prime minister has been in prison since February 8 last year after she was sentenced to jail for five years in a separate corruption case.
Khaleda Zia is currently being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
A court here on Wednesday granted bail to Faria Mahbub Piasha, wife of prime suspect in The Raintree Dhaka hotel rape case Shafat Ahmed, in a case filed reportedly for issuing death threat and demanding Tk 5 crore as extortion.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain passed the order after Piasha surrendered before the court and prayed for bail.
Dildar Ahmed Selim, co-owner of Apan Jewellers and father of Shafat, filed the case.
According to the case statement, Piasha married his son Shafat on January 1, 2015. Later, they came to know that Piasha was a drug addict and Shafat divorced her on March 8, 2017.
Police arrested Shafat over the rape of two female private university students at The Raintree Dhaka in the city's Banani area on March 28 last year.
He got bail on November 29 last year and returned home.
After Shafat’s bail, Piasha along with her friends came to her father-in-law’s house and misbehaved with Shafat’s younger brother and mother.
She also gave death threat to them and demanded Tk 5 crore, said the case statement.