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Assaulting Narail vice-principal

HC suggests filing writ petition

Published : 28 Jun 2022 09:47 PM | Updated : 29 Jun 2022 04:33 PM

The High Court (HC) has suggested for filing a writ petition over forcing Mirzapur United College teacher Swapan Kumar Biswas to wear garland of shoes.

The HC bench of Justice Md Mujibur Rahman Mia and Justice Khizir Hayat made the suggestion on Tuesday after a lawyer brought the issue to the notice of the HC bench. 

Advocate Purnima Jahan brought some media reports to the notice of the court. Then the HC bench said, “File writ petition on the issue. We will hear the petition.”

Purnima Jahan said, “We will file a writ petition next Thursday over the incident of wearing garland of shoes around neck of the college teacher, Swapan Kumar Biswas.” 

Earlier on June 17, an angry mob, comprising students of the Mirzapur United College in Narail, had forced the college principal to wear a garland of shoes for what Muslim locals and students said was his attempt to protect a student of Hindu community from the same mob.

Meanwhile, the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) has formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident and asked the probe body to submit a report by June 30.

The members of the probe committee have already visited the campus in Narail Sadar upazila where the incident took place.

The video of the incident, which showed the locals and students putting a garland of shoes around acting principal of the college Swapan Kumar Biswas’s neck after accusing him of belittling Islam.

The teacher was assaulted in the presence of police after the incident occurred at the college campus on June 17. 

The incident took place in the wake of a post on Facebook by a Hindu student who had shared a photo of Indian BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who has been criticised for her remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

According to locals, some Muslim students asked the Hindu student to delete the post after he had gone to the college. Tension mounted when rumours spread that acting Principal Swapan Kumar Biswas took the Hindu student's side.

Police have arrested the Hindu student under the Digital Security Act.

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