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DUTA protests Prof Akmal's alleged remark

  • Published at 01:14 am July 26th, 2018
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Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) organized a human chain protest in front of the Arts Building of the university on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

DUTA on Wednesday claimed Prof Akmal made derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu and distorted the history of the country in his speech during a demonstration rally on July 19

Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) has protested the alleged remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by International Relations Department Professor Akmal Hossain, by questioning his role in the Liberation War, at a human chain formed in front of Arts Faculty of the Dhaka University (DU).

DUTA on Wednesday claimed Prof Akmal made derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu and distorted the history of the country in his speech during a demonstration rally on July 19, organized under the banner "Teachers against Repression" at the Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture.

The ruling Awami League backed teachers association urged the home ministry and university administration to take legal action against him;else they will go for tougher movements. 

Addressing the human chain, DUTA President Maksud Kamal said: “The Liberation War started with Bangabandhu's speech and the country’s independence was achieved under his leadership.”

“Professor Akmal has showed audacity by his comments,” said Maksud.

He also questioned the ideology of the audience who sat in his presence that day and cheered him.

Maksud Kamal further said: “DUTA would scrutinize what professor Akmal taught during his 37-year long teaching career.”

He alleged that BNP and Jaamat men infiltrated the ongoing quota reform movement and tried to destabilize the university.

Some teachers in the human chain also claimed that they also wanted rational reformsto the quota system, but such kinds of remarks which had no relation with the movementwere totally unacceptable.

Bangladesh Chhatra League also submitted a memorandum to DU Vice Chancellor demanding punishment of Professor Akmal Hossain.

Meanwhile, Professor Akmal in a statement refuted his remarks saying that his speech was quoted partially and that he never defamed Bangabandhu in his speech. 

Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council, the platform which cradled ongoing quota reform movement cancelled their pre-scheduled demonstration program at Dhaka, citing bad weather.