On Saturday, two groups of teachers backed by the ruling Awami League at the Islamic University clashed over laying wreaths at the central monument of the Kushtia campus. –New Age Photo.
Two groups of teachers backed by the ruling Awami League at the Islamic University clashed over laying wreaths at the central monument of the Kushtia campus to mark Independence Day on Saturday.
Witnesses and a number of teachers said that there had been a long-standing dispute between Bangabandhu Parishad and the teachers’ unit of Bangabandhu Parishad over the formation of the academic unit committee of Bangabandhu Parishad.
As a result of the row, IU Deputy Invigilator Shofiqul Islam engaged in an altercation with the teachers at Bangabandhu Parishad teaching unit.
Later, a group of teachers from Bangabandhu Parishad including Prof. M Anowar Hossain, Prof. M Mahbubul Arfin, Sazzad Hossain, Assistant Provost Shofiqul Islam tried to forbid the other group to lay a wreath to return tribute to national heroes at the central monument of the university in the morning.
The group of teachers at some point tore the crown of Bangabandhu Parishad teachers unit, pushed the teachers and forced them to leave the premises.
Teachers locked in a fight there, witnesses said.
Later, the teachers’ unit of Bangabandhu Parishad formed a human chain in front of the university’s Mrittunjoyee Mujib mural to demand that the teachers involved in the “attacks” punish them.
IU Bangabandhu Parishad Teacher Unit Secretary General Prof. Tapon Kumar Godder said a group of teachers led by Prof. M Anowar Hossain prevented them from laying a wreath on the monument and vandalized their wreath.
“They attacked us in a planned way. We demanded the punishment of the teachers involved in the incident,” he said.
“We will go for a tougher move if the university administration does not take any action against the teacher,” he added.
Denying the allegation of the AL teachers’ alliance, Shapla Forum chairman Prof. M Anowar Hossain, also a leader of Bangabandhu Parishad, said members of the teachers’ unit of Bangabandhu Parishad had misbehaved with them.
UI Invigilator Prof M Jahangir Hossain said they are looking into the matter.
They would take action on Deputy Warden Shofiqul Islam after investigating the video footage.