DU riot spontaneous: Commission

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Dhaka Correspondent] The judicial commission formed to investigate the August 20-22 incidents at the Dhaka University campus observed that the students’ agitation at the university playground after several students were assaulted by some army men was spontaneous.

“Students’ agitation on August 22 was spontaneous but later it was diverted for external interest,” said commission chief Justice Habibur Rahman Khan. He made his observations after interviewing two top leaders of the university teachers association Monday. The commission recorded statements by the provost of Jagannath Hall, Neem Chandra Bhowmik and dean of social sciences faculty Harun-or- Rashid Monday. The commission also began interviewing the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president, Azizul Bari Helal. Till Monday, a total of 86 persons testified before the commission.

After the interviews, Justice Habib said Harun told him that he had attended all the teachers’ association meetings and the decisions were not his own rather reflection of 250 general members of the association. Harun said he did not know why the students’ procession joined the DUTA declared silent procession, revealed the commissioner.

“Neem Chandra denied his involvement with the incidents by any means and he claimed himself a rights activist who surrendered to the court when he was implicated in the charge-sheet,” Habibur said.

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