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Attack on VP Nur: DU students’ guardians, civil society representatives shocked over DU VC’s stance

  • Published at 12:45 am December 25th, 2019

They came up with the remarks in a memorandum submitted to the Dhaka University vice-chancellor on Tuesday afternoon, three days after a faction of Muktijuddho Mancha and Chattra League men attacked Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Vice President Nurul Haque Nur and several other students

Guardians of Dhaka University students and civil society members on Tuesday expressed their shock over the role of Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman regarding the recent attack on the Ducsu VP and his followers. 

They came up with the remarks in a memorandum submitted to the Dhaka University vice-chancellor on Tuesday afternoon, three days after a faction of Muktijuddho Mancha and Chattra League men attacked Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Vice President Nurul Haque Nur and several other students.

While reading out the memorandum, Rakhal Raha, a social activist, said: "Dhaka University students are regularly coming under attack without any cure being found to this situation.”

Blaming the vice-chancellor, he said: "Your constantly biased and inhumane behavior has stunned and worried us. We believe your stance is encouraging the culprits to indulge in more unjust acts."

"Despite being the vice-chancellor of the university, you have failed to be impartial towards all of your students. Rather, you have acted like a political party official in charge of an autonomous institution. 

"You have helped the attackers indirectly," he added. 

Mentioning that vice-chancellor was responsible for ensuring a friendly environment on the campus, he said, "But you [Prof M Akhtaruzzaman] are against this."

When asked about ensuring an environment for the peaceful co-existence of all student political bodies and bringing into account the controversial activities of Chhatra League on campus, the VC did not respond.

'Police help sought for recovering CCTV footage'

When the concerned guardians and civil society members also asked the Dhaka University vice-chancellor when the CCTV footage of Sunday's attack would be made public and handed over to the law enforcers, Akhtaruzzaman said that the university authorities would do so soon in order to bring the culprits to justice.

But when a journalist told him that the computer, where all the footage had been stored, was stolen on the day of the incident and if not recovered by on Tuesday, all the data will automatically have been erased, the Dhaka University vice-chancellor said: "I urge the law enforcement agencies to recover the footage immediately," adding that, "We have taken it as a priority issue."  

Among others, renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and  Zonayed Saki, chief-coordinator of Ganasanghati Andolan, were also present at the meeting.

3 Mukjtijoddha Mancha leaders placed on remand

A Dhaka court on Tuesday placed three leaders of Muktijuddho Mancha on remand for assaulting Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur and his followers. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Moinul Islam passed the order after law enforcers produced the three in court on Tuesday.

Shahbagh police station Inspector (investigation) Arifur Rahman Sarder, who is the investigation officer for the case, appealed for a five-day remand for each of the three.

The court however granted a three-day remand for each.

The three are Al Mamun, general secretary of Muktijuddho Mancha central committee ,Yasir Arafat Turjo, general secretary of the Mancha's Dhaka University unit, and Mehedi Hasan Shanto, office secretary of a Muktijuddho Moncha faction.

Among the arrestees, Mamun and Yasir were arrested on Monday while Mehedi was detained on Tuesday. Mamun and Turjo are among 25-30 people sued by police in relation to the assault on Nur and others.

The court also set February 4 for the submission of a report on the attack.

Meanwhile, Nur filed a complaint with the Shahbagh police station regarding the inclusion of some names in the case file.

Confirming the matter, Shahbagh police station OC Abul Hasan said: "We have received the compliant of Nur, and it will be adjusted with the case file."

The Ducsu vice president and 27 others were injured in an attack allegedly carried out by activists of the Chhatra League and Muktijuddho Mancha on Sunday.

The Mancha is allegedly comprised of mostly Chhatra League followers.

A case was filed against eight Muktijuddho Mancha leaders and activists in connection with the attacks on VP Nurul Haque Nur and 27 others.

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