A professor of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) has been passing days in insecurity after being threatened by former general secretary of Jashore District unit Chhatra League Anwar Hossain Bipul.
According to an audio of a recorded call that The Daily Star received, Bipul called Prof Iqbal Kabir Jahid on his cellphone at 6:24pm on Tuesday, verbally abused him and threatened to “teach him a lesson”.
“The man who issued the threat can even kill me. I want to live with honour,” Iqbal told the newspaper on Thursday.
Iqbal is the convenor of pro-Awami League blue panel and the current president of JUST Teachers' Association.
In the call, Bipul blamed Iqbal for removing some symbolic boats hanged on bamboo sticks on the campus, and termed him a pro-Jamaat man.
Iqbal said those boats were not removed. Rather, those went behind the anti-ragging (hazing) banners that the university administration hanged. “I have nothing to do with hanging of anti-ragging banners. It is the university authorities that hanged the banners,” he added.
He said he informed the matter to the vice-chancellor (VC) of the university.
Asked whether he informed the matter to police, he said he did not.
Protesting the incident, teachers, officers and employees of JUST will form a human chain on the campus today.
JUST VC Prof Md. Anwar Hossain on Thursday said he knew about the incident, and heard the call record.
“Bipul had earlier showed overbearing and arrogant attitude to me. He indirectly threatened that he would not allow me to come to the university if we do not listen to his demands,” the VC said.
“He is responsible for unrests created in the university on different times. He is not a student of the university, but controls the university from Jashore town through some students,” the VC said about Bipul.
He said following a joint meeting with deans' committee and chairmen, he decided to hang the anti-ragging banners inscribed with punishment for ragging, as guardians of many students often complain about it.
Contacted, Bipul said he did not issue any threats. He claimed that Iqbal is a pro-Jamaat teacher and threatened to assault BCL members. He also said protest against Dr Iqbal will continue until he is removed from the university.