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Ruqayyah Hall

Probe body formed over ‘recruitment business’

A three-member probe body was formed yesterday to investigate the allegations of “recruitment business” over appointment of some administrative posts in Dhaka University’s Ruqayyah hall.

Former provost of the hall Prof Begum Akhtar Kamal was made convener of the committee, which has been asked to submit its report containing recommendations within seven working days, reads a press release of the university. 

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Assistant Proctor Liton Kumar Saha was made member secretary of the committee while Monira Begum is the other member.

On Wednesday, hall provost Prof Zeenat Huda at a press statement claimed that the appointment of class-IV staffers was completed with “transparency”, but the university press release yesterday said the recruitment process will be halted until getting the report from probe body.

A group of students of the girls’ dormitory on Tuesday claimed that Ruqayyah Hall Union vice-president (VP), general secretary and other hall Chhatra League leaders had taken around Tk 21 lakh from three individuals to appoint cleaners and security guards.

The students raised the allegation at a press conference and also presented some audio recordings to back their claim.

After the press conference, Prof Zeenat Huda said they had formed a five-member committee, which had summoned both who raised the allegations and the accused, but those who raised the allegations could not provide any documented evidence.

On July 25, Prof Huda issued a notice on the appointment to four posts. Applicants were supposed to appear for a viva voce on September 1 for these posts.

According to an audio recording clip of a conversation between an employee of the dorm and hall union assistant general secretary Falguni Das, hall union president Israt Jahan and general secretary Sayma Promi took Tk 8 lakh and 5 lakh respectively from a staffer and a gardener to appoint their sons to an office assistant post and a gardener post.

Both the hall union leaders denied the allegations.

In the conversation, it is also mentioned that hall unit Chhatra League president Lipi Akter, general secretary Shrabony Islam took Tk 8 lakh from a person to appoint him as security guard.

On August 4, Shrabana Shafique, a student of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, disclosed the information in a Facebook group.

Provost Zeenat Huda summoned Shrabony on Monday, asking her to talk to the committee appointed to investigate the allegations.

Shrabony also alleged that she was harassed by the BCL leaders in presence of the provost when she went to the hall office on Tuesday. However, the provost refuted the allegation.

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