April 24, 2016

Bangladesh: Rajshahi University teacher murder case transferred to Detective Branch; one held

The Independent (Bangladesh)
25 April, 2016
RU teacher murder case transferred to DB; one held
US, EU, France slam killing
RU teacher murder case transferred to DB; one held
The case, filed over the killing of Rajshahi University professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, has been transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police, reports UNB. Tamijuddin Sarder, additional commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said the case was transferred to the DB police from Boalia Police on Sunday for a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, police in a drive on Saturday night arrested a youth from the city suspecting his involvement in the killing of Prof Rezaul Karim but his name is not disclosed the sake of investigation. He was taken to the DB office for interrogation, said Tamijuddin.
Earlier on Saturday, Prof Rezaul Karim, 58, of English department of the university, was killed by miscreants in the city’s Shalbagan area while he was waiting for a university bus.
Later in the afternoon, Sourov Hossain, son of the slain teacher filed a murder case with Boalia Police Station.
Meanwhile, teachers of Rajshahi University is observing a two-day class boycott programme protesting the killing of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddique of the English department of university.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Rajshahi University Teacher Association (RUTA) at Juberi Bhaban of the university on Saturday, said RUTA general secretary MD Shah Alam Shantunu.
The teachers also brought out a protest procession and formed a human chain in front of Senate Bhaban of the university from 10:30am to  11:30am.
They will also hold a rally in Saheb Bazar Zero Point area of the city around 5pm, added the general secretary.
“We’ll also form a human chain on Monday morning and send a memorandum to the vice chancellor and prime minister for taking immediate actions against the killers,” he added.
Meanwhile, United States, France and European Union have strongly condemned the gruesome killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon and the France Embassy condemned the incident through separate messages.
“We condemn the senseless killing of Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee and mourn his loss,” said Marcia Bernicat in a statement yesterday.
“I have spoken with people who knew him well, and have learned about a humble, cultured man who loved the sitar and provided donations to local mosques.  No claims made by violent extremists will overshadow his legacy,” said the statement.
Once again, we urge the Government of Bangladesh to condemn these murders and apprehend the perpetrators behind this and other attacks motivated by intolerance and hatred, read the statement.
Meanwhile, European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon hoped that a thorough investigation will bring the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to justice.
“Killings of academicians and intellectuals are irreparable losses to any society as a whole,” he said in a statement.
Mayaudon said the initial findings indicate that the crime was conducted by fanatics. “Should it be confirmed, this would be yet another terror attack in Bangladesh in a short period of time.”
He said it is comforting that students quickly expressed their rejection of this sickening aggression.
Ambassador Mayaudon conveyed his condolences to the family of Rezaul Karim.
“This murder is a direct attack upon intelligence, culture and spirit of generosity, which were what Professor Karim was representing,” said a statement issued by the French Embassy yesterday.
The Embassy called for quick investigation and punishment of the culprits, and it also paid its condolences to the professor’s family for their loss.
Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee of English Department at Rajshahi University was murdered on Saturday in Rajshahi city's Shalbagan area in an attack that police say bears the hallmark of the previous blogger killings.