JnU student, 5 others sued for assaulting president’s son’s driver

Accused JnU student is an active member of the university unit Chhatra League, claim other university students

A case was filed against six people, including a student of Jagannath University (JnU), for assaulting the driver of the youngest son of President Abdul Hamid.

Driver Nazrul Islam filed the case with Wari police station on Monday while the incident occurred on the capital’s Wari area on Sunday.

The driver introduced himself as the driver of the Prime Minister's Office in the case. 

He alleged that when he was taking the president's grandson for tuition on Sunday at around 7:30pm in Sultan Road in Wari, a young man was crossing the road while talking on the phone.

Later, the driver blew the horn and the man was agitated. He then came to the front of the car and abused it by kicking at the back.

When the driver got out of the car to find out the identity of the man, he called a few more people and started beating Nazrul.

When Nazrl shouted in self-defense, the youths threatened to kill him. He later returned to work and filed a case with the police after consulting his colleagues.

University students said that accused Koushik Sarkar is a student of Department of Music in 2018-19 academic year. 

He is an active member of the university unit Chhatra League and is a follower of the general secretary.

However, Akhter Hossain, general secretary of the university's BCL branch, told media that Koushik had not been seen in any BCL program in recent times. “Chhatra League has no involvement with him.”

Earlier, on November 7, 2019, the university administration temporarily expelled Koushik for attacking students.

The students tried to contact Koushik to find out about the incident but he could not be reached.

Sub-Inspector Zahir Hossain, in charge of the Wari police outpost, said: "We are trying to collect CCTV footage of the area to investigate the incident. At the same time, information is being gathered to identify others involved.”

University Proctor Mostafa Kamal said: "According to the police, the driver of the president's son was beaten by one of our students. A decision will be taken after talking to the vice-chancellor.”