A college teacher in Chandpur has been accused of trying to sexually abuse and blackmail his female students.
The accused, Muslim Sardar Mishu, assistant professor of the Political Science department at Chandpur Government College, also allegedly threatened one of his colleagues with death.
Sources in the college said three honours students of the department wrote to their principal on February 11, bringing the allegations against Mishu.
One of the victims in the complaint letter said Mishu had tried to violate her chastity after she was forced into going to his residence through blackmail.
“He [Mishu] asked me to meet him at his residence after threatening to circulate some photos on social media which were earlier snapped in a programme,” the letter quoted her as saying.
He, over phone, also promised to show her exam papers, trapping the student into turning up at the house, where he attempted to rape her after tricking her into drinking beer by calling it coffee, she complained.
She also accused him of using abusive words, and giving indecent proposals on Facebook.
Another complainant said Mishu had also asked her to meet him at his residence on January 23 on an urgent basis, saying two of her classmates were already there.
As soon as she entered the house, Mishu shut the door and immediately proposed that they engage in sexual intercourse.
He even offered her some money if she needed, added the student.
At one stage, she tried to escape the scene since he was trying to sexually assault her. Finally, one of his neighbours came to her rescue after hearing her scream.
Failing to rape her, the teacher threatened to unleash local miscreants on her if she leaked the matter.
The third victim, seconding the previous duo's claims, said he had threatened to upload photo-shopped obscene images of her online in an attempt to blackmail her.
When contacted, College Principal ASM Delwar Hossain, said they had formed a committee to probe the allegations on February 18, asking it to submit a report within seven working days.
Meanwhile, Mehedi Hasan, assistant professor of the department, filed a general diary with Chandpur Model police station on February 12.
Mehedi claimed that Mishu had threatened him for supposedly compelling the students to file formal complaints.
Officer-in-Charge Wali Ullah of the police station said they were looking into the matter.
The accused could not be reached over the phone, despite repeated attempts to contact him about the allegations.
Mohammad Alamgir Hossain, secretary of the teachers' council of the college, said it was very unusual that a female raised allegations against a teacher.
“Mishu, the accused, must face the music if found guilty,” he said.
In the latest development, the three students met Chandpur's superintendent of police on Wednesday, claiming that they were feeling insecure after Mishu had issued fresh threats.