Assault on Rajshahi polytechnic principal: Steps recommended against 16 Chhatra League men

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Ban on political activities on campus also recommended

A probe committee has recommended punitive action against 16 students, including expulsion of four, of Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) over an assault on the institution’s Principal Farid Uddin on campus.

All of these students are leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s RPI unit.

The decision to recommend the actions against was taken at a meeting of RPI academic-administrative council on December 9, following the submission of the probe report, according to the institute’s officials.

The RPI probe team and authorities have decided on expelling four students, withholding certificates of five for next three years, and transfer seven to other institutes. 

The probe report recommended banning all political activities on campus for the next five years, officials said. It also suggested demolishing the institute’s Room No 1119, known as Chhatra League’s torture cell, and expanding it into a common room for general students.

They said the recommendations have been sent to Bangladesh Technical Education Board for final approval, and they were waiting to hear from them.

The students who are facing expulsion are Kamal Hossain Sourav, Raihanul Islam, Murad Hossain and Sajib Hossain.

On November 2, Sourav, also the former general secretary of Chhatra League’s RPI unit, led a group of Chhatra League leaders and activists in throwing Principal Farid into a pond on campus, after the latter refused to allow two students to sit for exams for having inadequate class attendance and failing the mid-term test.

The principal then filed a case at Chandrima police station against 50 people, mentioning names of seven. Later, the case was transferred to the Detective Branch of police.

Police so far have arrested 18 people over the incident, which was also captured in a CCTV camera.