After coming out of jail on bail in a bribery case, Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta yesterday said that the influential Osman family would be responsible for whatever happens to him.
“I do not know what may happen to me. I am very concerned about my life. The government witndrew security measures on April 1, leaving me insecured,” Shyamal told reporters outside Narayanganj jail around 6pm.
Headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Narayanganj, Shyamal secured bail until July 20 in the bribery case filed by an English teacher of the same school, Morsheda Begum, on July 14 last year.
He was denied bail and sent to prison last Wednesday when he surrendered before a court in response to an arrest warrant issued the same day.
Shyamal was dragged into the limelight after he was assaulted by a dozen youths led by one Opu on the school premises and forced to do squats while holding his ears by local Jatiya Party lawmaker AKM Salim Osman on May 13 last year allegedly for defaming Islam. The attackers also used loudspeakers of a mosque to ask people to gather at the school.
He was also removed from his position on May 17, but the Education Ministry reinstated him and dissolved the school’s managing committee.
An inquiry commission found that the assault on Shyamal was instigated by several members of the managing committee over school development work.
Several Islamist groups including Hefazat-e-Islam demonstrated demanding harsh punishment for the teacher while militant group al-Qaeda's Bangladeshi supporters threatened to kill him.
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Yesterday, Shyamal’s wife Sabita Halder sought the intervention of the president and the prime minister for the acquittal of her husband in the case, dubbing the charges “false.”
Shyamal reiterated that he was a victim of conspiracy. “I never committed any crime, never allowed any misdeed. The case was filed to dishonour me. The media knows it all.
“I demand discharge from the case. I request the prime minister, the chief justice, and the education and the health ministers to consider my plea.”
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 13.
Morsheda claimed that Shyamal had taken Tk135,000 from her as bribe for including her name in the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) system which ensures various government facilities.
She gave him the money in two phases, but her application was not forwarded to the authorities concerned. Shyamal also denied having taken the money from her last year, the case says.