16 August 2017, Wed, 12:27

Are we living in a fascist country?

11 DU students held for tearing Nat’l Mourning Day posters

Dhaka University authorities today handed over 11 students, including four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, to police for allegedly tearing posters on the National Mourning Day at Bijoy Ekattor Hall.

“We identified them after scrutinising the CCTV footage and handed them over to the police with the help of the university proctorial body,” Prof AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, provost of the hall, told The Daily Star.

The hall authorities will also recommend the university administration to take academic action against the students, who are also the residents of the same hall, he said.

They are now at Shahbagh Police Station for further inquiry, said Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station, told our DU correspondent.

Contacted, DU Proctor Prof Amzad Ali said, “The accused students made a blunder by tearing up the posters of Bangabandhu. Hall authority can take further actions with the help of police against them.”

The accused were: Asif Hossain of Banking and Insurance department, Riaz Uddin of Islamic History and Culture department, Azim Uddin of Psychology department while  Mahmudul Hasan of Islamic Studies, Monir Hossain of Pali and Buddhist Studies, GM Bayazid Islam of Philosophy, Arafat Islam of Accounting and Information Systems, Moksedul Alam and Ehsan Ahmed of International Relations, Obaidul Haque Bhuiyan of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Shahin Uzzaman of Sociology.

Four of the accused students are inactive activists of Bijoy Ekattor Hall unit of BCL, said Fakir Rasel Ahmed, president of Bijoy Ekattor Hall unit BCL.

“Some of them might have torn up the posters intentionally while others did it unintentionally,” he added.

Meanwhile, the seven other detainees claimed that they have no political affiliation.