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DU professor suspended for allegedly defaming Bangabandhu

  • Published at 10:54 pm April 2nd, 2018
DU professor suspended for allegedly defaming Bangabandhu
Dhaka University (DU) authorities on Monday suspended Prof Morshed Hasan Khan of Marketing Department, from all academic and administrative activities for his alleged derogatory comments on the Liberation War and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in an article published on March 26. DU Vice-chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman confirm the matter and said: "He has been temporally suspended from all academic and administrative activities for distorting the history of the Liberation War and making offensive remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his article titled 'Jyotirmoy Zia' published in a national daily on March 26," reports UNB. In his article, Morshed claimed Ziaur Rahman, founder of BNP, was the man who declared independence during the Liberation War and also also claimed that Awami League leaders including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman left the country during the time, leaving the country in turmoil. Prof Morshed cited a number of former Indian politicians, including Indira Gandhi and Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, to support his claims. The article was published in Bangla daily newspaper Naya Diganta. Prof Morshed is the assistant training affairs secretary of the Executive Committee of BNP.
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After the article was published, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) last Tuesday declared the professor “persona non grata” on campus and submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor demanding his suspension. Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) also demanded his resignation. As a part of the protest, Chhatra League activists burnt an effigy of the professor and a copy of the Naya Diganta newspaper. However, the Dhaka Tribune found that a version of the article was earlier published in the daily Jai Jai Din on January 19. In this earlier version, there was no mention of who declared independence or Bangabandhu’s escape, and the citations from former Indian politicians were also missing. When contacted, Prof Morshed Hasan Khan said he had sent the same version of the story to both Naya Diganta and Jai Jai Din on the same day, though the former may have saved the story to publish it on Independence Day. He further said that the current situation had arisen as a result of a misunderstanding between him and the newspapers. “I have already withdrawn the article, and had no intention to humiliate him (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman),” Prof Morshed added. The professor also issued an apology on Facebook following the Chhatra League protest. Naya Diganta has removed the article from their website. When the Dhaka Tribune tried to contact him about his temporary suspension, Professor Morshed was unreachable.