The Dhaka University Teachers’ Association at its annual general meeting on Thursday decided to go for action programmes if incidents of intrusion into teachers’ houses by ‘unwanted people’ recurred.
The general meeting was held on the heels of the raid by the joint forces on the residence of Dalem Chandra Barman, election commissioner for the association’s polls, in the early hours of Wednesday and expressed deep concern over the incident.
The meeting condemned the raid without informing the university administration or the vice-chancellor about the matter and recalled the experience of the DUTA general secretary, Anwar Hossin, and executive committee member Harun-or-Rashid, who were taken blindfolded to an undisclosed location following the August unrest on the campus.
‘That grotesque incident sparked off widespread protests by students, teachers and the people and forced the government to free the detained teachers. After those events, the teachers expected that there would not be any repeat of such incidents [of repression]’, the meeting said in a resolution.
Four members of the joint forces entered Dalem’s residence early Wednesday and asked him to postpone the DUTA polls scheduled for Thursday or to relinquish the charge of the election commissioner. The intruders declined to sign the visitors’ book in Giasuddin Residential Area on the DU campus.
The association leaders also met vice-chancellor SMA Faiz at his office and urged him to take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
DUTA executive committee member M Aktaruzzaman said the association had informed the vice-chancellor about the matter and wanted to know whether he [VC] was informed about the raid beforehand.
‘The VC told us that he was not informed about it’, Aktaruzzaman said.
Another executive committee member, AAMS Arefin Siddique, said, ‘We told the VC that intrusion into a teacher’s house at dead of night was aimed at creating panic and the teachers’ community cannot accept it.’
DUTA president Sadrul Amin, general secretary Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid were present at the meeting.