Rab men assault DU teacher

March 30, 2012

Members of Rapid Action Battalion beat up a Dhaka University teacher as he requested them to move their car that was obstructing a narrow lane, the victim has claimed.
Muhammad Saif Uddin Khan, lecturer of finance, was admitted to Pongu Hospital with severe injuries in his abdomen, forehead and left elbow.
Saif said he requested the Rab men to park their patrol car aside around 6:00pm Wednesday as it was causing traffic congestion on the road in Dakkhin Khan in the capital.
“I was going to a relative’s house in Mirpur when I noticed traffic jam in front of my gate,” he added.
The traffic couldn’t move as the Rab vehicle was parked occupying half of the road. Saif said he came forward and requested Lt Alim Miah sitting on the front to move the car aside.
“How dare you say that? Don’t you know it’s Rab’s car?” the Rab official was quoted as shouting.
A heated argument followed and at one stage driver of the car lance corporal Nurul Amin got down and swooped on Saif.
“I gave them my identity but he didn’t bother and started beating me up. They punched on my forehead and kicked me in the chest as I fell on the ground,” he added.
His left elbow was broken during the incident.
Saif’s wife came out and requested the Rab man to stop. The law enforcers threatened her with “serious consequence” if they filed any complaint with the authorities or inform the media.
“Lt Alim even threatened my wife not to inform the university authorities,” Saif told The Daily Star over phone.
Contacted, DU Proctor Prof Dr MA Ali said Saif informed him about the incident that night. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique has already contacted the director general of Rab and told him to take necessary action to punish the accused.
The VC said Rab DG Mokhlesur Rahman has told him that he would look into the matter, adding, the university will bear the expenses of Saif’s treatment and provide him with necessary help.
The Rab DG said he has already given an order to probe the matter, adding that the authorities will take steps against the accused if they are found guilty.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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