Monday, September 17, 2007

Dhaka Unviersity Professor sent to Jail

Please join us in condemning the military government of Bangladesh as long as they continue to humiliate the University professors and students of the educational institutions on the false allegation of breaking emergency rule. We need to stop the aggressive and vindictive military Generals in Bangladesh. We're breaking this news with the utmost grief as Dr. Sadrul sent to jail today. Read the story from Daily Star:
Prof Sadrul Amin, president of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) and an accused in two cases for the August violence on Dhaka University (DU) campus, was sent to jail custody after he surrendered before a Dhaka court yesterday.

Metropolitan Magistrate SM Ferdous Alam gave the order after Amin, accompanied by his lawyers, appeared before the court at 12:15pm in connection with the cases filed with Shahbagh Police Station in August.

Earlier on Thursday, the same court had issued arrest warrants against professors Amin and Neem Chandra Bhowmik.

On September 9, police brought charges against four teachers and 15 students of DU for instigating violent protests in August on the university campus as well as in adjacent areas including Shahbagh.

Prof Amin's attorneys Masud Ahmed Talukder and Golam Mostafa Khan submitted three petitions on his behalf -- first one for Amin's surrender, second one for his treatment and the third one seeking division in jail custody.

Moving the petitions, the attorneys mentioned that they did not submit a bail petition because bail is not allowed for a person accused under the Emergency Power Rules.

Prof Amin's name was not in the first information report (FIR) of the cases, but his name was included in the charge sheets, they said adding that to create panic on the campus, the complainants of the cases accused more than 5,000 unknown students, teachers and outsiders.

Since their client was sick and a person of high status, he should be treated in a specialised medical facility and given first class division in the jail custody, they added.

After the hearing, the magistrate ordered to send Prof Amin to jail custody and directed jail authorities to take steps for his proper treatment if necessary and give him appropriate division in jail custody considering his status under provisions of the Jail Code.

Prior to Prof Amin's surrender, his attorneys said that the charges brought against their client were false, baseless and fabricated. Moreover, he was not present on the spot during the violence.

A large number of DU teachers including Prof Amin's colleagues were present at the court during the hearing of the case.

The DU students who had also been charged in the cases are Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) DU unit President Hasan Mamun and General-Secretary Saiful Islam Firoz, Sir AF Rahman Hall JCD leader Kamrul Hasan Kochi, Shamsunnahar Hall unit JCD Acting President Tanjeen Chowdhury Lili, Rokeya Hall unit JCD President Shahinoor Nargis, central Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Vice President Aparna Rani Pal, Rifat Hossain Jiku, Nazrul Islam Russell, Shamsul Kabir Rahat, Mitul, Aziz Hasan, Rokonuzzaman, Kamruzzaman and Anwar Hossain.

Two other accused teachers, Duta General-Secretary Prof Anwar Hossain and Science Faculty Dean Prof Harun-or-Rashid, and one of the accused students, Moniruzzaman, are in jail custody now.

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