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UGC Official's Death In RAB Custody
Civil society claims 'murder' to protect kingpins
Medical admission aspirants submit memo to PM tomorrow
Published :Saturday, 3 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 12

UGC Official's Death In RAB Custody
DU Correspondent
Civil society members at a rally on Friday claimed that RAB had 'killed' the alleged University Grants Commission (UGC) official, who was involved in the recent leaking of MBBS and BDS first year admission tests, with a view to protect the kingpins.
Speakers were addressing a rally under the banner of 'Teachers-Students -Guardians and Intellectuals Solidarity' held at the premises of National Museum in the city's Shahbagh area. The event was organized in the afternoon by the agitated MBBS and BDS admission seekers demanding fresh of medical entry tests.
On Thursday night, UGC's Assistant Director Omar Siraj, who was arrested by RAB during a raid at the Agargaon UGC office for allegedly helping candidates to adopt unfair means during the medical admission tests on September 18, died in RAB custody.
 Khaled Saifullah, spokesman of the movement, announced that they will hold a sit-in programme for collecting mass signature following an art exhibition at Central Shaheed Minar premises on Saturday morning and submit memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard on Sunday. Prof Anu Muhammad, teacher of Jahangirnagar University's Economics Department, claimed that Omar Siraj was killed in RAB custody.
"Although the elite force is claiming that Siraj died normally, but their statement is not acceptable to general people?. they killed him to save the prime culprits who were involved in the heinous question paper leak," Prof Anu Muhammad added.
He also demanded for publishing Siraj's statement thus the country's people might know the truth behind the criminal act.
"A probe committee should be formed to reconsider the demand of agitating admission seekers and investigating the killing of the UGC official," Anu reiterated adding that the incident of police attack on agitating students should also be investigated.  He also urged all, including students passed in the medical entry tests, to raise their voice fresh MBBS and BDs entry tests.
Eminent columnist and journalist Syed Abul Maksud said if the UGC official was killed for saving the key players of question leaking racket, it was a violent criminal.
"Those who were involved in the question paper leaking must be punished under legal procedure like the robbers or burglers," he added
Meanwhile, Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar in the rally also said that the killing of Siraj had proved that 'big-fishes' are involved in this incident and he was killed to save them. He also urged the government to ensure fresh medical entry tests and punishment of the culprits involved in the crimes.
Among others, Dhaka University's Mass Communication and Journalism Department Professor Gitiara Nasreen, Associate Professor Afruza Bulbul, JnU Journalism Department Associate Professor Rajib Mir, Dr Jafarullah Chowdhury, some leftist students' body leaders and about four hundred agitating medical admission seekers and their guardians were present on the occasion.

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