Police arrested a teacher of Muktagachha RK Govt High School in Mymensingh for allegedly stalking female students.
Md Ashraf Ali, 45, is the physical exercise teacher at the school.
Seventeen girls of a class complained to their headmaster about being sexual harassed by the teacher, a father of two. Headmaster Md Nazrul Islam informed police of the matter, said Mohammad Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Muktagachha Police Station.
Police arrested the teacher at his home at Paratungi in Muktagacha around 9:00pm yesterday, said the OC. He was being interrogated at the station.
Nazrul said the girls made the complaints on April 25 and he, along with female teachers of the school, investigated and talked to the girls.
“I informed the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Muktagacha Suborna Sarker, the president of the school managing committee, and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid Babu, a lawmaker of Muktagachha, about the allegations.
“On their instruction, I informed the police of the matter tonight [last night],” said the headmaster.
Ashraf was suspended twice, in 2014 and 2016, for violating institutional rules, Nazrul said.