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Professor murder: Protest continues at RU

  • Published at 04:14 am November 17th, 2014

Students and teachers of Rajshahi University have been boycotting classes and examinations for the second consecutive day demanding arrest of the murderers of university's sociology teacher AKM Shafiul Islam.

They formed separate human chains on the campus on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, police have detained 34 people for their suspected involvement in the killing, Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Barrister Mahbubur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.

“They have been detained from different areas of the district,” the police official said.

“They are being interrogated in this connection.”

On Sunday, police detained a local college principal along with 19 others over the killing of Shafiul Islam.

Humayun Ahmed, principal of Islamia College located in the Jamaat stronghold of Binodpur in Rajshahi city, and several others were taken into custody, Mahbub said.

Professor Shafiul Islam was hacked to death outside his house in the Chauddapai area of Rajshahi city on Saturday afternoon. He died several hours later while undergoing treatment for his wounds.

A Facebook page, apparently representing an unknown militant group, has claimed responsibility for the murder.

Professor Shafiul had a long standing suspicion that Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir men might physically assault him.

The professor, who has always been vocal against Jamaat-Shibir’s activities on campus, shared his fear of an attack over the last eight years with family members, relatives and close associates several times, one of his relatives told the Dhaka Tribune.

Shafiul is not the only teacher of the university to have been killed. On December 24, 2004, Dr Md Yunus, a professor of economics, was hacked to death while jogging in the Binodpur area near the campus.

On February 1, 2006, Professor S Taher of the department of geology and mining went missing from his residence in the teachers’ quarters. His body was found in a sewer outside his residence two days later.

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