- [In his second round of interview with Tasneem Khalil, M Sanjeeb Hossain, son of detained DU Professor Anwar Hossain, detailed what his father told him about the DGFI “black hole,” his torture and what happened in the court. Considering its significance, this pod was recorded both in English and Bangla.]
While reporting the military crackdown on university students and teachers in Bangladesh, in one of our earlier pods, we quoted our sources close to the military headquarters in Dhaka who confirmed to us that detained DU professors “Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid are right now in the custody of DGFI, the military intelligence agency. They are detained in a torture-cum-detention facility inside the DGFI headquarters in Dhaka cantonment,” with a note saying, “We are not able to verify this from an official or independent source.”
Professors Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid were produced to the Dhaka CMM court Saturday that sent them into 4 days of remand. They were charged by the police for “making provocative and anti-state statements.”
While Professor Anwar Hossain was standing in the dock, his son M Sanjeeb Hossain had a chance for a quick chat with him. Confirming what we reported earlier, Anwar Hossain told Sanjeeb that he and Professor Harun-or-Rashid were in DGFI custody, in a place called “black hole” inside the DGFI headquarters in Dhaka cantonment. There they were tortured: physically and mentally.
Meanwhile, BDNEWS24 is reporting,
Prof AFM Yusuf Haider Saturday said chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed had assured that the two detained teachers would be treated with honour. The acting vice chancellor of Dhaka University made the disclosure at a press conference at his home after a meeting with the chief adviser at about 3.30pm. A Dhaka court ordered remand for DU teachers Prof Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid Saturday after they were arrested with alleged links to the DU violence. The acting vice-chancellor said that none would be unnecessarily harassed in the cases filed in connection with the clashes on the campus. The law enforcers had been directed to make sure that nobody is unnecessarily harassed, Prof Yusuf quoted the CA as saying. He said that the chief adviser had told him the teachers would get proper legal aid.
Our sources close to the military HQ confirmed that two top officials of the DGFI, Brigadier Generals Chowdhury Fazlul Bari and ATM Amin, personally hold these DU professors responsible for the utter humiliation Chowdhury Fazlul Bari [our report with a video] had to suffer in DU days back. To settle this score, Professors Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid are going to be framed in treason/sedition charges. Once again, “we are not able to verify this from an official or independent source.”