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JU BCL men 'assault' teacher
Published :Saturday, 23 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 34

Three Chhatra League (BCL) activists have allegedly assaulted a Jahangirnagar University (JU) teacher when he tried to stop them from sexually harassing a visitor and beating a man accompanying her.
History department's Prof Mojahidul Islam on Friday said the incident occurred at Chourangi intersection on Thursday afternoon.
Bangladesh Chhatra League is the student affiliate of the ruling Awami League.
The activists who allegedly assaulted the teacher have been identified as Government and Politics department's Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem, International Relations department's Jamshed Alam and Bengali department's Jahid Hasan.
Sayem, a student of the 40th batch, and Alam and Hasan of 43rd batch are all residents of Al-Beruni Hall and known as followers of BCL university unit's Vice-President Ariful Islam.
BCL university unit General Secretary Rajib Ahmed Russel said he was not aware of the incident.
The trio would face action if the organisation received complaint against them, he said.
Proctor Tapan Kumar Saha said he would take step after ascertaining details of the incident.
Prof Mojahidul said he rebuked Sayem when he saw him pulling the scarf of a girl at the Chourangi intersection.
"Jamshed and Jahid were at that time beating up a boy who was with the girl," he said.
"They misbehaved with me when I asked them to stop. When I told them I am a teacher of the university, Sayem said, 'So what?' One of them tried to beat me up at one stage," he added.
The teacher said BCL university unit Organising Secretary Murshidur Rahman and another student rescued him.
Vice-President Ariful alleged Mojahidul used abusive words while rebuking Sayem, Alam and Hasan.
"I haven't heard that they misbehaved with the teacher," he said.
Mojahidul denied the allegation.
"I am a teacher. There is no question of me using abusive language. I only asked them to stop," he said.
"What is important to me as a teacher is that I could save a girl from harassment. I hope the university authorities will take step against the sexual harassers," he said.
There were allegations of beating up and harassing visitors against Sayem even in the past.
One Abdur Razzak had alleged Sayem assaulted him and his wife when he was visiting the university in April last year.
Alam and Hasan were once accused of 'chasing away' a student from the university labelling him as a thief after he refused to become a member of the BCL.
The authorities had earlier expelled five BCL leaders and activists for sexually harassing a female student during Pahela Baishakh celebrations last year.    ?

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