Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) called upon law enforcement agencies not to harass general students, innocent people and their relatives who took part in the demonstrations demanding reforms of the quota system.
They also demanded punishment of those responsible for ransacking the residence of DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman. DUTA made the call at a press conference at DU Teachers Club auditorium on Tuesday.
The association said that vested interests are out to create a volatile situation on the DU campus in order to achieve their own ends as well as mar the movement of students. Convener of the ruling Awami League (AL)-backed Blue Panel Mohammad Samad, also Professor of Social Welfare and Research Institute, read out a written statement at the conference.
In response to a question about the attack on VC’s residence, Prof Mohammad Samad said they did not know about the identity of the attackers as the investigation is going on.“We will be able to know about the culprits’ identity. Hopefully police will bring them to book very soon,” he said.
When asked why teachers of ruling AL-backed Blue Panel did not participate in the recent human chain demanding steps to ensure students’ safety, Prof Samad said, “We are always with our students, but organisers did not inform me about such programmes. So, we could not take part at the event.”