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RU teacher's death
Jamaat-Shibir men involved in attack, claim relatives
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-11-15,  Publish Time : 22:55,  View Count : 10
RAJSHAHI: A Rajshahi University (RU) teacher was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants in front of his residence at Chowddopai area near the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway at around 3pm on Saturday.

The deceased teacher was identified as Dr AKM Shafiul Islam, 49, a professor of the Department of Sociology of RU. He hailed from Sonatola upazila in Bogra district.

Following the incident, Rajshahi University Teachers Association (RUTA) announced boycotting classes and examinations for Sunday, said Pranab Kumar Pundey, general secretary of RUTA.

RU Pro-Vice Chancellor Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan said Shafiul Islam was returning home in Bihash residential area under Chowddopai area from the university boarding his motorcycle at around 3pm.

In the meantime, some unidentified miscreants at Chowddopai area hacked him indiscriminately with sharp knives in his head and neck.

Later, locals rescued him and rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).

RMCH source said on duty doctors declared him dead at 4:30pm while he was undergoing treatment at the hospital. His autopsy was held at 7pm.

Alamgir Hossain, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Motihar Police Station, said the attackers were yet to be identified and the reasons behind the murder couldn’t be ascertained.

"We're trying our best to identify the attackers and motive of the murder," the OC also said.

But, Rafiqul Bari Mukul, husband of the sister of the deceased, alleged that Shafiul Islam recently told him that he (Shafiul) might be killed anytime as Jammat-Shibir men had been threatening him over the last few days constantly.

"So it's not an attack by miscreants or anything else, rather it's a planned murder by Jammat-Shibir men", he also added.

Professor Entajul Haque, Registrar of RU, said the body would be handed over to his son Jevin Hasan, a student of Mass Communications and Journalism of Dhaka University (DU) after namaj-e-janaza.

His first namaj-e-janaza was held at RU Central Mosque premises at 9pm and he would be buried at Sonatola upazila of Bogra on Sunday after second namaj-e-janaza at 10am, family source said.

Meanwhile, the students of Sociology department observed a blockade programme on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway over one and half hour at main entrance of the university protesting the killing and demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the attackers.

The student also threatened to continue their programme if the university authorities fail to meet their demand.

Earlier on 2004, Professor Yunus Ali, a teacher of Economics department, was killed by miscreants. A case was filed with Motihar Police Station against eight JMB members in this regard. After long trial, two were sentenced to death and rest six were acquitted from the case.

On February 1, 2006 Dr S Taher, a professor of Geology and Mining department, was also killed by Shibir men. Alvi, son of Dr S Taher, filed a case with Motihar Police Station in this regard.

Lower court awarded death sentence to four Shibir men including the then RU unit of Shibir president Mahbubul Alam Salehi. Later, Salehi and Shibir leader Azimuddin Munshi were released by the High Court and the rest two were sentenced for life imprisonment.


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