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Uproar as AL upazila chairman walks over ‘human-bridge’ of students

  • Published at 02:45 am February 2nd, 2017
Uproar as AL upazila chairman walks over ‘human-bridge’ of students
The incident came to light after its video footage and photo went viral on social media along with special coverage on mass media, leading to growing criticism. The upazila chairman, Nur Hossain Patwari, is also the general secretary of the Awami League's upazila unit. Sources in the area said Patwari, as chief guest, attended the programme following an annual sports competition of Nilkamal Osmania High School. Building an emblematic human-bridge is one of the events at the competition and was included in it back in 2003. Sources, quoting eyewitnesses, also confirmed that Patwari talked through the human-bridge ostensibly formed by the tenth and ninth graders of the school, which the school authorities named after Padma Bridge. However, the public representative first refused to walk through the bridge, but agreed to do so in his response to requests by the headmaster and his pupils, the sources added. In a similar incident, the Haimchar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mukesh Chandra walked over  a human-bridge also built by students of the school after the introduction of the event. The headmaster, Mosharraf Hossain, said to the Dhaka Tribune: “This (event) is just a display. Such human-bridge has been being built since 2003 in the sports competition. This time around, we have named it Padma Bridge.” He, nevertheless, claimed that Patwari, who primarily refused to walk over the bridge,  did it after being requested by the students. But, the accused could not be reached over mobile phone to talk about the matter since his personal contact number was switched off. In another development, a television channel yesterday evening reported that he issued a public apology for his deed. Criticism over the incident Gonojagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarker strongly condemned the matter on his Facebook account. He posted a photo of the incident on the timeline saying: “ Such a scoundrel is also a public representative. He is the AL general secretary of Haimchar upazila unit and also the upazila chairman. His name is Nur Hossain Patwari.” Expressing his resentment on the issue, he also added, “Is it an uphill task to imprison this savage?” A local college teacher on a Facebook status said: “This is a public representative. Watch what he did. The society is becoming troubled. Is not there anybody to help the society get rid of such people. While child labour is prohibited, a man being a public representative walks on the back of minors. It's a circus. What is the point in having such public representatives?” A local Chhatra League leader Robin Patwari also on Facebook said: “ What did I just see? Where do we, the Chandpur residents, hide this shame?” Probe body formed In the wake of the news being taken the social media by storm coupled with massive media coverage, the Chittagong Divisional Commissioner's office formed a one-member committee to investigate the matter. Additional Divisional Commissioner (development) Syeda Sarwar Jahan, who was assigned to probe, will be visiting the spot today, while she has been asked to submit the report in three days.