The Sramik leader allegedly beat the teacher with a sandal
A leader of the Sramik League—a labour wing of the ruling Awami League—has been suspended for assaulting the head teacher of North Bengal Sugar Mills High School in Natore.
The incident took place in Lalpur upazila on Tuesday morning.
Accused Saidur Rahman, a worker of the factory division of the North Bengal Sugar Mills—former co-general secretary of the CBA and education and research secretary of Natore district Sramik League—has allegedly beaten up the head teacher, Gausul Azam, with a sandal, in a public place.
When the incident came to light on Wednesday, a silent procession was led from the school, demanding exemplary punishment of the accused leader.
However, the authority concerned said it will hold a steadfast position to take permanent action after getting the report of an investigation in this regard which is currently underway.
On Wednesday, students, teachers, and staff of the school took part in a silent procession from the school ground and marched to the North Bengal Sugar Mills Administrative Building.
The agitators held a protest rally in front of the sugar mill and met with the managing director of the sugar mill to press home their demand.
The protesters said Saidur Rahman’s girl is a ninth-grade student of the North Bengal Sugar Mills High School. An assistant teacher of the school issued a warning to the female student three-to-four days ago about her behavior. The matter instigated tension between Saidur and the teacher.
When asked, the headmaster of the North Bengal Sugar Mills High School, Gawsul Azam, admitted the incident had taken place.
He said: "I was going to the mill area to complain about the school's ceiling fans which had been malfunctioning lately. On my way, Saidur Rahman called me to talk at the mill factory square. At one point of the conversation, he got angry and started beating me with a sandal."
I immediately informed the mill’s Managing Director, KM Suhrawardi, of the matter, the head teacher added.
When contacted about the matter, accused Saidur Rahman told the Tribune correspondent that he acted out in the heat of the moment.
The mill authorities sent him a letter after suspending him, but he has not accepted it. "An effort is underway to resolve the matter in a private setting," he claimed.
KM Suhrawardi said: "Saidur has been temporarily suspended after the written complaint by the victim was received. He will be sent a show-cause notice in one or two days."
"After getting his response, a probe body will be formed. Once the investigation is completed, necessary steps will be taken by the authority," he added.