Tuesday, October 23, 2007

11 RU students charged with arson, violence

Police yesterday pressed charges against 11 student activists of Rajshahi University (RU) in two cases for arson and damaging properties on the university campus last August.

Police also submitted the final report on the killing of rickshaw puller Afzal Hossain during violence on RU campus saying they could not identify the killers.

Sub-inspector Rajab Ali of Motihar police station submitted the charge sheet against 10 students in the case filed by sub-inspector Faruk Hossain.

The accused are RU Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) General Secretary Ayen Uddin, former RU Samajtantrik Chhatra Front president Sushanta Sinha, BCL members Sumon Kanti Baroi Roni, Sanjidul Ahmed Shyam, SM Kamrul Islam Raihan, Sarder Ayaz, Knondoker Fahim Ahmed Tanmay, Amaullah Roni, Abdullah Al Masud and Anwar Hossain Nipun.

The plaintiff filed the case against 2500 people after rickshaw puller Afzal Hossain was killed and 200 people were injured in clashes between angry students and law enforcers on RU campus following the DU incident.

Newspaper reports said the rickshaw puller received bullets when police entered the RU campus firing shots and were moving towards the VC's residence that came under attack of angry students.

In a press release, Rajshahi police claimed that the rickshaw puller was beaten to death by students. But his autopsy report showed that he was shot dead.

However, SI Rajab Ali prayed to the court for dismissing the charges of murder in the case as police could not identify Afzal's killers.

In another case, sub-inspector Mirza Aminul Islam accused RU BCL General Secretary Ayen Uddin and BCL activist Dipayan Sarker of arson and damaging properties at the vice-chancellor's house.

RU acting registrar Dr Muhammad Shafi filed the case after violent incidents occurred on RU campus in August.

Out of four cases filed in connection with the campus violence, two are under trial.

Six RU teachers were accused in one of the two cases while another case was filed against two teachers and 12 others.

Concern over filing of case against RUJ secy

Some 50 journalists in a joint statement yesterday expressed concern over the filing of extortion case against fellow journalist and human rights activist Jahangir Alam Aakash.

They hoped that police will ensure proper investigation into the case and will not make Aakash a victim of torture during the process of justice.

The signatories to the statement included Rajshahi Union of Journalists (RUJ) President Hasan Millat, Toshikul Islam, editor of a local daily Sun Shine, Abdullah Al Mahmud, editor of Upachar, Mahtab Uddin, editor of weekly Gana Khabar, and senior journalists Mustafizur Rahman Khan Alam, Kazi Gias, Shafikul Islam, Saidur Rahman, Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad, Anisuzzaman and Zabid Apu.

Aakash, RUJ general secretary and Rajshahi bureau reporter of the Sangbad and recently closed CSB News, was sued for an alleged extortion of Tk 50000.

He was granted ad-interim bail in the case from the High Court on October 16.

Mahfuzul Haque Loton, vice-president of Rajshahi district Awami League, lodged the complaint with Boalia Police Station on August 20 and the case was recorded on October 2.

Loton alleged that Aakash along with two other persons demanded Tk 50000 in toll from him on April 13.

The plaintiff alleged that he paid Tk 20000 following threats by Aakash.

Aakash told reporters that the case was filed with an ulterior motive following a report broadcast in CSB News television channel on the grabbing of Waqf estate properties in northern region including Delwar Hossain Waqf Estate.