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4 remanded over RU teacher murder

4 remanded over RU teacher murder

A Rajshahi court today placed four people on different terms of remand in a case filed for killing Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. Among the four accused, Zinnat Ali, Arif and Sagar were put on a two-day remand while Tokai Babu on three-day remand, reports our Rajshahi correspondent. Judge Nasrin Akhter of Metropolitan Magistrate...

Vehicle used in RU teacher killing seized

Vehicle used in RU teacher killing seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) today recovered a CNG-run three-wheeler from Railway Station area in Rajshahi city which was used during the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Shafiul Islam. “Killers equipped with sharp weapons went to Shafiul’s residence in Choddopai area riding a CNG-run three-wheeler. After killing him, they also fled the scene by boarding...

RU Teacher Killing

Police now move to end confusion

Police now move to end confusion

Those who had been arrested separately by police and the Rapid Action Battalion in connection with Prof AKM Shafiul Islam's murder were brought face-to-face for interrogation last night. This was done to identify the "real motive" behind the gruesome killing of the Sociology professor of Rajshahi University, police said. “We need to interrogate them face-to-face to detect a conclusive motive,” said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner M Shamsuddin at a press conference in the city yesterday afternoon. Confusion rose after the two law enforcement agencies yesterday came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the...

RU Teacher Killing

Who are culprits?

Who are culprits?

Police and Rapid Action Battalion came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam following arrest of nine people from different parts of the country yesterday. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the murder on social media. “They claimed their responsibility for Shafiul's murder on a Facebook page of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2,” said M Shamsuddin, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. The RMP commissioner, however, did not say anything about how they ascertained the arrestees' link to the militant outfit. On the contrary, Rab arrested six people from Rajshahi and Gazipur and...

8 remanded over RU teacher murder

8 remanded over RU teacher murder

A Rajshahi court today placed eight people on a fresh one-day remand in a case filed in connection with the killing of Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. Judge Sharmin Akhter of the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate came up with the order after police produced them before the court with a seven-day remand...

‘Arrest those involved in campus violence’

‘Arrest those involved in campus violence’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today instructed police and civil administration to arrest all involved in violence at educational institutions without considering their political affiliations. Her directive came four days after a deadly clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League – the ruling Awami League’s student wing -- at Shahjalal University of Science and...

Rajshahi University and the death trap

Rajshahi University and the death trap

HOW long will teachers keep losing their lives in the Rajshahi University campus? This is an important question that we all should address with great seriousness. Rajshahi University has been seeing killings of its teacher since 2004 when Professor Mohammad Yunus was killed when he was taking a morning walk. Professor Taher Ahmed...

President for immediate arrest of RU teacher's killers

President Abdul Hamid yesterday called for immediate arrest and exemplary punishment for the killers of Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. “Along with the whole nation, I have been saddened by the incident,” Hamid said while addressing the 4th convocation of the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) on the campus. Expressing deep concern over the killing of the sociology professor, he prayed for the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family. Earlier, Hamid, also chancellor of Ruet,...

Editorial

Dastardly killing of RU professor

WE condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Professor Shafiul Islam of Rajshahi University. The fingers are being pointed at extremists groups, and even one such group has claimed responsibility for the killing. It seems that the Rajshahi University has become unsafe for teachers given that in the last ten years Prof. Islam is the third teacher to be killed, all victims of religious extremist groups One fails to understand the motive of the killing. The deceased was...

RU Teacher Murder

Probe focuses on Jamaat-linked radical Islamists

A secret group of radical Islamists with close links to Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir orchestrated the gruesome murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam, investigators told The Daily Star yesterday. Two hours after the murder on Saturday, a so-called militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2 claimed responsibility for the murder on its Facebook page. "We've gathered important information from the Facebook page of Ansar al Islam Bangladesh-2. We've looked into the materials and profiles of those who liked and...

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