Teachers as well as former and current students of mass communication and journalism at Dhaka University (DU) staged a protest on the university campus yesterday demanding safe and immediate return of Dr Mubashar Hasan Cesar.
The protesters formed a human chain around Aparajeyo Bangla monument to press home their demand.
Speaking at the event, Prof Mofizur Rahman, chairman of the department of mass communication and journalism, sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention to Mubashar.
“Our state must take the responsibility to find him,” he added.
Mubashar, an assistant professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in North South University (NSU), has been missing since Tuesday.
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He is also a former student of mass communication and journalism at DU.
Mubashar’s family filed a General Diary (GD) with Khilgaon police station with Wednesday following his disappearance.
Both the students and the teachers of Mubashar's department are worried about his whereabouts, said Prof Gitiara Nasreen, one of the teachers of the department.
“Under the current circumstance, we have no right or opportunity to conduct a proper research. Research on 'sensitive' topics leads to disappearance nowadays, but the state is not taking the issue seriously. Mubashar should be found by the state as soon as possible,” she added.
Meanwhile, certain Bangla newspapers have published stories alleging that Mubashar had ties to militancy, citing sources at the intelligence agencies.
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However, when contacted, RAB 3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Emranul Hasan refuted such claims and told the Dhaka Tribune that they did not find any evidence of Mubashar having any connection to militancy as of yesterday.
Khilgaon police station OC Moshiur Rahman said the police also did not find any evidence to show that Mubashar might have ties to militancy.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Mubashar's sister Tamanna Tasnim said the media needed to be more responsible in publishing sensationalised news.
“If my brother is involved with militancy, show us the proof. Otherwise, do not mislead people by spreading false information,” she said.
“I know my brother. I grew up with him, he would never get involved with such criminal activity,” Tamanna added.
Khilgaon police station said he was a teacher who did a lot of research on militancy. He is a well-reputed researcher and has worked with the government on a project.
Police said they were trying their level best to locate him.
Meanwhile, speaking at an event in Dhaka yesterday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the law enforcement agencies were working to find Mubashar and all other missing persons.