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DU registrar suspended after Zia named '1st president' in souvenir

  • Published at 07:40 pm July 1st, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:49 pm July 1st, 2016
DU registrar suspended after Zia named '1st president' in souvenir
The authorities of Dhaka University have suspended its acting registrar Rezaur Rahman following protests over the mention of Ziaur Rahman as the country's first president in the university's founding anniversary souvenir. Speaking to the Dhaka University yesterday afternoon, DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique said the university authorities immediately took the step against the person who is allegedly responsible for the misprint. “We have taken immediate action against the printing mistake, suspended the registrar who was allegedly responsible. We will do a thorough investigation and take stern action.” Earlier, activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League DU unit vandalised the VC's car and locked up the acting registrar in his office for around an hour. A souvenir published on the occasion of Dhaka University's founding day yesterday named Ziaur Rahman “Bangladesh's first president, former military chief and freedom fighter.” After a meeting at the Teacher Student Centre in the morning, the Chhatra League activists locked up Rezaur in his office in the Registrar's Building around 12pm. Eventually rescued by the university proctor, the official later told reporters that the mistake was a printing error. Later, around 3pm, at least 50 Chhatra League activists attacked the VC's SUV near his residence on the DU campus. The VC was inside the vehicle at that time, but he was unharmed and was rescued by Shahbagh police and DU proctorial team, police said. Meanwhile, Chhatra League's Central Committee President Saifur Rahman Sohag alleged that the “followers of Jamaat-BNP” in the DU administration had deliberately tried to distort history. “Action must be taken against them,” he said. The VC announced that the souvenir would be withdrawn. “I do not no why they are still demonstrating. However, it is anyone's right to demonstrate if they wish, but appropriate action in this regard is being taken,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.