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Monday, November 17, 2014, Agrahayan 3, 1421, Muharram 23, 1436 Hijr

Protests rage over Rajshahi varsity teacher killing
Seven including Islamia College Principal nabbed
Publish Date : 2014-11-17,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 72
Nazmus Sakib with Rafiqul Hasaqn Firoz and Abdul Karim
The murder of Prof AKM Shafiul Islam of Rajshahi University on Saturday had a storm of protests at universities across the country on Sunday.
The law enforcers have nabbed at least seven persons in connection with the brutal murder of the teacher.
Meanwhile, teachers, students and staff members of RU, Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Jagannath University brought out processions, staged human chains and released statements, demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of the reputed teacher of Sociology.
The RU Teachers' Association have declared boycott of all classes and examinations on Monday and Tuesday in protest against the murder. Prof Shafiul, a pro-Awami League teacher, was buried at his family graveyard besides his father late Akhtaruzzaman's grave after Johar prayer, family sources said.
RU Public Relations administrator Prof Eleas Hossain said that they had taken preparation of filing a case with Motihar Police Station.
 The deceased's son Soumin Shahrid Javin, a journalism student at Dhaka University, said that his father, a pro-Awami League teacher, had a progressive mentality. Religious zealots on the campus and around the locality were always angry with him.
Jamaat-Shibir men threatened him that his father would face dreadful consequences for his mystic ways of life two or three years ago, he added.
No classes and examinations were held on Sunday as RUTA declared boycotting class-exams. However, admission process for the students of 2014-2015 sessions was normal, said RU Registrar Prof Entajul Haque.
Meanwhile, Detective Branch (DB) of police detained seven people including Rajshahi Islamia College's principal Humayun Ahmed on Sunday noon conducting some drives in the city. Two witnesses to the incident Habibur Rahman and Dip Hasan were also detained on Saturday night, Motihar Police Station's Officer-in-Charge (OC) Alamgir Hossain confirmed.
All the detainees were in police custody for the purpose of interrogation, OC said.
Meanwhile, Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2, a militant organization, through a facebook page, claimed that they were responsible for the murder as Prof Shafiul conducted many anti-Islamic activities at his department.
The status said, 'Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Our Mujahedeen's today have killed a murtad (atheist) who had prohibited of wearing burka (veil) for female students in classrooms,' says the first post of the newly created Facebook community page which was created at around 7pm on Saturday after about 3 hours of the murder.
The second post in the page stated that he put condition of not being bearded and wearing tupi (cap) to get appointed as teacher of the department in 2010 while he was the chairman. For the two reasons Shafiul was killed, the Facebook post claimed.
About the post, OC Alamgir Hossain told The Daily Observer that any influential group intentionally might have created the page to hide the main culprits but police have taken it into consideration. The police also gave importance on the personal life and political affiliation of the deceased Shafiul Islam, he added.
Additional cops have been deployed on the campus to avert any untoward situation, OC also said. 
State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday expressed his hope that the killers would be arrested soon as the detectives were working to identify them. 
At his Secretariat office, he also told the journalists that detectives were also investigating if there was any political or militant link with the murder.
The teachers and students of Dhaka University demanded capital punishment for the killers of the RU professor. They called for an immediate arrest and speedy trial of the killers. The teachers and students of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Department along with other departments formed a human chain and staged demonstration against the murder, at the altar of Oporajeyo Bangla of the university around 11am.
Terming the killing a heinous act, Professor  Akhtar Sultana, Chairman of the MCJ department, urged the government to take proper actions against the murder of Shafiul Islam.
DU MCJ professor Dr Kaberi Gayen, ex-colleague of  Shafiul, urged  the Home Minister to arrest the self declared killers within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, condemning the brutal killing, Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) president Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and its general secretary Prof Dr A S M Masud Kamal in a joint statement urged the government to ensure security of the teachers of all the universities including the Rajshahi University.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out a procession on the Dhaka University Campus protesting the killing of the RU teacher and that marched the important points of the campus and held a brief rally at the altar of Oparajyia Bangla at the noon.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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