Charges framed against six RU teachers for violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR)

NewAge, September 18, 2007

A Rajshahi court on Monday framed charges against six detained Rajshahi University teachers for violation of the Emergency Power Rules by allegedly involving themselves in the campus turmoil in late August.

Fazlul Karim Chowdhury, the judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Rajshahi, indicted the teachers for inciting the demonstrations on the campus, apparently to protest against the incidents in Dhaka University.

The court framed charges against former RU vice-chancellor Professor Dr Saidur Rahman Khan, Professor Abdus Sobhan of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Associate Professor Moloy Kumar Bhowmik of the Department of Management, Selim Reza Newton, Dulal Chandra Biswas and Abdullah Al Mamun of the Department of Mass Communications. All of them pleaded not guilty.

The case was filed by Khandakar Ferdous Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Motihar thana, on August 24 after the students’ furious protests at RU. The charge-sheet of the case was submitted on September 2. Former VC Professor Saidur Rahman Khan, Professor Abdus Sobhan and Moloy Kumar Bhowmik were arrested on 23 after the student violence at RU.

Selim Reza Newton, Dulal Chandra Biswas and Abdullah Al Mamun, who had gone into hiding, surrendered to the Speedy Trial Court on September 5.

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