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Court dismisses two of three cases against Shyamal Kanti

  • Published at 11:03 pm July 14th, 2016
  • Last updated at 04:49 pm August 10th, 2016

A Narayanganj court has dismissed two cases against Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, a local headmaster who was recently assaulted and humiliated for allegations of blasphemy, and set Saturday to decide on another case. All three cases were filed yesterday with the court of Judicial Magistrate Saiduzzaman Sharif. Sub-inspector of Narayanganj Court Police, Shakhawat Hossain, told the Dhaka Tribune that the cases were filed blaming Shyamal Kanti for beating up a student, hurting religious sentiments, and taking bribe from a colleague. Rina Begum, mother of a student named Rifat Hasan, filed the first case accusing the headmaster of using corporal punishment against her son at the Piyar Sattar Latif High School; the second case was filed by a local named Shamsul Haque who blamed Shyamal Kanti for blasphemy and hurting religious sentiments. Both cases were dismissed under section 203, as allegations against the headmaster were currently being investigated as per a directive from a higher court, the court SI said. The third case was filed by Morsheda Begum, an English teacher of the Narayanganj School, who accused Shyamal Kanti of taking Tk135,000 in bribe from her in exchange of putting her on the MPO list. The court set July 16 for making a decision on the case, SI Shakhawat said. Shyamal Kanti rejoined work on July 10, almost two months after the assault on school premises. But since then, he has been on a week-long medical leave. On May 13, Shyamal Kanti was assaulted on the school premises by a mob claiming that he had committed blasphemy against Islam. Later, he was also made to do squats holding his ears in presence of local Jatiya Party lawmaker AKM Salim Osman. The teacher later told media that he was a victim of conspiracy by some teachers and members of the managing committee. The incident created massive outrage across the country.