Mahbub Hamid Tara also reportedly runs a primary school on another school’s campus
A murder case was filed against Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s father, Mahbub Hamid Tara, his brother Mejbah-ul-Hamid, a local municipality councillor of Awami League, and 14 others in connection with the killing of teenager Mashuk Ferdous on Sunday.
The victim’s father, Emdadul Haq, filed the case with Bogra Sadar police station on Tuesday evening.
In the case statement, the plaintiff alleged that Mahbub was involved in the killing of his son over previous enmity regarding a position in the managing committee of Matidali High School in Bogra town.
Emdad also said a teenage neighbour Nayeem Hossain and Anik took Mashuk out in the Matidali area around 8:30pm on Saturday, as planned by Mahbub, Mejbah and their aides two days ago.
Later, Mashuk was found lying near his home with grievous head injuries. He was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead the same night.
After the murder, Mahbub claimed that he had no rivalry with Emdad and condemned the incident, demanding punishment of the killers.
Emdad is an executive member of Jasad (Hasanul Haq Inu-led faction).
Two schools, one building, one president
Meanwhile, our Bogra correspondent found that Mahbub has reportedly been running a primary school called Barnali Bidyayatan since 2012, using the building, furniture and field of the MPO-listed Matidali High School.
During a recent visit, it was found that a signboard reading “Barnali Bidyayatan is an associate organisation of Matidali High School” was attached to the wall of the school in question.
A festoon attesting to Mushfique sponsoring the school was also noticed on the wall. The festoon also says that Mahbub is the president of the managing committees of both schools.
Locals said the high school, established in 1970, had been imparting lessons for students from class III to class X until the primary school was launched.
But, Mahbub reduced the number of classes using his executive authority, now taking classes only from class VI at the 47-year-old educational institute.
The spot visit also led to the discovery that both the schools were being operated from the same building with shared facilities.
“Tara (Mahbub) retained the post as president by flexing his political muscle to continue his unlawful activities in the schools,” said Mahbubur Rahman, a local.
A complaint was lodged with the Rajshahi Education Board regarding this issue recently.
According to Mahbubur Rahman, the primary school overcharges its students.
When contacted, Mahbub defended himself saying that he had established the second school within the boundaries of relevant laws.
“The school was not established through any graft or anomaly since there are separate managing committees and bank accounts for both schools,” he claimed.
Mismanaged school timings
The primary school continues its activities from 8am to 12 noon while classes at the high school start from 10am and continue till 4pm.
However, government primary schools across Bangladesh generally remain open between 9am and 4pm.
Gopal Chandra, Bogra district education officer, said it is permissible for two educational institutions to run on the same campus if they do not cause problems for one another.
“But, we will take necessary action after an inquiry to check if the primary school was an authorised one,” he said.