DU pro-AL teachers object to reappointment of alleged war criminal's brother as dean
Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-01-08 05:28:04.0 BdST Updated: 2017-01-08 05:34:32.0 BdST
Teachers in the Blue Panel of Dhaka University have objected to a proposal to reappoint Dr Rafiqul Islam as the dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, as they have come to know that his brother was an alleged war criminal.
The proposal was sent back to the related subcommittee of the pro-Awami League teachers' panel in a meeting chaired by Institute of Nutrition and Food Science's Prof Nazma Shaheen on Saturday.
Several teachers, who were at the meeting, told bdnews24.com that the decision on picking up a dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology would be taken at a combine meeting of the panel on Sunday.
Rafiqul, a professor of applied chemistry and chemical engineering department, had earlier become the dean of the faculty with the support of the Blue Panel.
Islamic history and culture department Assistant Professor Md Abdur Rahim told bdnews24.com Saturday night that the objection was raised after the information that Rafiqul's brother late Chittagong University teacher Rezaul Karim had faced allegation of war crimes.
"Many of the teachers in the Blue Panel supported the objection," Rahim said.
Referring to a report titled 'Sei Razakar' (The Collaborator), published on the Daily Janakantha, Rahim also said Rezaul Karim was known as 'Rizu' in Magura when he allegedly committed the war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.
"He fled to Chittagong after the War and took the name Rezaul Karim Mamun," Rahim said.
Chittagong University sacked Rezaul from the Islamic history and culture department after the Awami League came to power in 1996.
Rezaul moved the High Court and had his removal order stayed later.
Before the High Court settled the case, he died after the Awami League returned to power in 2009.
He was buried in Feni as protesters did not allow his body into Magura.
Dhaka University sociology department Professor Mashiur Rahman told bdnews24.com: "The Blue Panel believes in the spirit of the Liberation War and secularism based on the 1972 Constitution."
"While the prime minister (Sheikh Hasina) herself is trying and fighting against the war criminals by risking her life, then it cannot be that the Blue Panel recommends someone from a war criminal's family as a dean. There are many other good people in the panel," he said.
He also said 'intruders' from the pro-BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami White Panel backed the proposal to reappoint Rafiqul in order to strengthen their position in the Blue Panel.
Prof Mashiur said junior teacher Mizanur Rahman, who left the White Panel, was made a Syndicate member recently on special quota.
He urged Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siqqique not to get influenced by 'such intruders'.
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