A professor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) during a press conference at Mymensingh Press Club on Monday alleged that he came under knife assault on the campus of Shailpacharya Zainul Abedin Fine Arts Institute in the city on Saturday.
Dr Fakir Azmal Huda is a professor of Agricultural Economics at BAU and also the president of the arts institute's governing body.
During the press conference Dr Azmal said he was attacked by Hossain Muhammad Farook, an artiste and an aggrieved jobseeker at the arts institute, and his accomplices during an altercation on the institute's campus.
Dr Azmal said he went to the campus as he was told on Saturday morning that all five rooms including two class rooms at the institute were welded shut by someone.
When he brought a welder to open up the doors, artiste Hossain Muhammad Farook and his accomplices entered the college campus forcibly and attempted to obstruct the mechanic from doing his assigned job, claimed Dr Azmal.
They locked in an altercation with him and at one stage Farook assaulted him physically, while stabbing him with a box cutter, he also said. “Students and teachers of the college rushed to the spot, rescued me and admitted me to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.”
On information, police later arrived at the scene and arrested Farook and Sohel Parvez, one of Farook's accomplices.
A Mymensingh court the same day sent the two to jail after police produced them before it.
Farook was an applicant for the posts of lecturer and also the principal of the institute in 2017. After he was refused the posts, he had been blaming the institute authorities and causing nuisance, Dr Azmal alleged.