The demands were made at a human chain program organized by IBA teachers
Teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) on Monday demanded the unconditional release of Khaled Mahmud, associate professor of Institute of Business Administration’s (IBA).
They also demanded impartial justice and withdrawal of all false and fabricated cases filed against him.
The demands were made at a human chain program organized by IBA teachers at the base of ‘Aparajeo Bangla’ on the DU campus at around 11:30 am.
Teachers claimed that Khaled Mahmud was arrested on November 22 following two false and fabricated cases of rape and dowry filed against him and sent him to jail.
Earlier on November 12, Khaled Mahmud sent a divorce letter to his wife. Both the cases were filed after the despatch of divorce letter.
"We want justice and we believe that truth must be revealed", the teachers said.
They also sought intervention of the university administration as well as its Vice-Chancellor in this regard.
Expressing solidarity with the demands, President of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) ASM Maksud Kamal said that Khaled Mahmud is a brilliant, ideal and popular teacher among his students.
"We are here to protest the disgraceful task against Khaled Mahmud. The disgraceful task has tarnished his image immensely. They have exaggerated in making the allegations. We want justice but any kind of guilt won't be tolerated. Whoever has made the attempt to harass the teacher must be punished,” added Maksud Kamal.
A student of IBA Khalid Mahmud said, "Arresting a DU teacher and assaulting him in jail is definitely shameful. We are protesting such a heinous act. We are giving ultimatum to ensure proper justice and to free Khaled Mahmud.”
Calling upon everyone to protest any kind of disorderliness, IBA Director Dr Syed Farhad Anwar said, "We never let anythingwrong happento our teachers and we will always protest them against anything illegal.”
"We want justice and the result of defamation of a DU teacher won't be acceptable. The punishment of the culprits must be ensured,” he added.
"If he is accused in a rape case it is easy to prove through medical tests but they did not do that. How is it possible to accuse someone about dowry after six years of marriage,” said Prof RezaulAzim.
Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Dean of Law Department Dr. Md. RahmatUllah, Assistant Professor of Economics Department Dr.RushadFaridi, Prof.Dr. A.B.M. Shahidul Islam of Marketing Department, IBA Prof Dr A. K. M. Saiful Majid, Prof SutapaBhattacharjee, Dr. Md. Akhter Hossain Khan, of soil, water and environment department spoke at the human chain program.