University teachers held in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Aug 25: Bangladesh security forces on Friday arrested four
university professors who were allegedly active in protests that erupted into
clashes with police and prompted a curfew in six cities, officials
The arrests in early morning raids came before the government said
it was temporarily suspending the curfew imposed after three days of unrest in
the country, which has been under emergency rule since January.
Rashid, dean of Dhaka university's social science faculty, and Anwar Hossain,
dean of bioscience and general secretary of the university's teachers'
association, were arrested at their campus homes, acting vice-chancellor Yusuf
"At least 10 army officers came to our house in the night
and said my father had to go with them to the police station," said Hossain's
The two have been active in the protests this week,
which began after army personnel manhandled students during a football match on
the campus of Dhaka University on Monday.
A military-backed interim
government took power seven months ago following a political crisis that saw the
cancellation of national elections.
Two more teachers were arrested in
northwestern Rajshahi on Friday morning, said university head Altaf
Hossain said intelligence officers told him they suspected
teachers at the university of instigating violence there earlier this week that
left one bystander dead and dozens injured.
The detained academics were
applied physics professors Saidur Rahman Khan, also a former head of the
university, and Abdus Sobhan, leader of a left-leaning teachers' group, he
Six local political leaders - from main parties the Bangladesh
Nationalist Party and the Awami League - were also arrested in western Chuadanga
district for "fuelling the student unrest," said local police chief Hasan Bari
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