Pro-Jamaat RU teachers hold secret meeting | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 06, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 06, 2010

Pro-Jamaat RU teachers hold secret meeting

The pro-Jamaat teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) held a secret meeting on Thursday night defying the restriction on political activities on the campus.
Sources said some 40 teachers loyal to Jamaat and some pro-BNP teachers held a closed-door meeting at a classroom of Islamic Studies department at Shahidullah Arts Building around 10:00pm.
Sources said the teachers sat in the meeting hearing the news of arrest of former RU unit Shibir president Delwar Hossain Sayedee, also the central committee leader, at Saint Martin's over the recent RU incident.
But sensing presence of intelligence officers, the teachers left the place.
Meanwhile, the pro-BNP teachers on the same night chased some BNP-backed teachers who were present at the meeting.
Some pro-BNP teachers said Jamaat loyalists earlier urged them to join the meeting but they refused to be present.
Hearing the news that some BNP loyalists secretly attended the meeting, the pro-BNP teachers got involved in an altercation at Juberi Bhaban at 11:00pm.
At one stage, the pro-BNP loyalists chased the teachers, including former proctor Shamsul Alam Sarkar. They also alleged that the Jamaat-backed teachers made a statement where the pro-BNP teachers were also signatories.
Prof Khalekuzzaman, a pro-BNP teacher, said they would not allow any teachers to Zia Parishad who will have a link with Jamaat teachers.
Proctor Prof Chowdhury Zakaira admitted to the incident and said nobody took permission from the RU authorities for holding the meeting.
“We will take legal steps against those for holding a secret meeting on the campus denying the authorities' permission.”
Jamaat loyalists were not available for their comments in this connection.

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