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Teacher held over offensive remarks on Prophet Muhammad in Rangpur

  • Published at 09:04 pm April 2nd, 2019
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Students and locals demonstrate in front of the institute demanding Prabhat Chandra’s immediate arrest and punishment on Monday, April 2, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Students and locals demonstrate after the teacher reportedly made the comment in class

Police have detained a teacher of the Agriculture Training Institute in Tajhat, Rangpur for reportedly making offensive remarks about Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), following protests by students and locals.

The teacher, identified as Prabhat Chandra, was taken into custody on Tuesday, Tajhat police station OC Rokonuzzaman said.

A case would be filed against the teacher, he added.

According to police and the institute’s Principal Mohammad Ali, Prabhat reportedly called the prophet “a bastard” during a lecture in the class of sixth batch on Monday, drawing immediate protests from the students.

“Apparently Prabhat Chandra insisted that he was right even after the students protested and demanded he withdraw the comment,” Ali said.

After the news spread, students and locals demonstrated in front of the institute on Monday demanding Prabhat’s immediate arrest and punishment.

The protesters also demonstrated on Tuesday at the same place and blocked the Tajhat intersection, causing hour-long gridlocks on highways leading to Rangpur city, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat.

Police later intervened and brought the situation under control.

Principal Ali added that the higher-ups were also notified about the incident, and confirmed that a case was being filed against Prabhat following his detention by police.