4 more held over throwing Rajshahi polytechnic principal into pond

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Staff Reporter;

Police here early Monday arrested four more students of Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute from different parts of the city over throwing their principal into a pond on the campus.

Golam Ruhul Kuddus, spokesperson of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) said they arrested the four after conducting drives in separate places of the city.

The arrestees are Mehedi Hasan Ashik, 22, son of Rabiul Islam Mehedi Hasan Hira, 23, son of Shah Alam of city’s Asam Colony area, Nabiul Utso, 20, son of Noman of Sadhurmor area and Nazrul Islam, 23, son of Khandakar Alamgir of Sotobongram area.

A group of ‘BCL activists’ threw Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute Principal Farid Uddin Ahmed into the pond on the campus on Saturday afternoon for his refusal to allow two students, including joint general secretary of the institute unit of BCL Kamal Hossain Sourav, to fill up forms for examination for inadequate class attendance.

The incident was captured in a surveillance camera.

It was seen in the video footage that at least 10 people were taking the principal towards the pond. Some of them were holding his hands while some others were pushing him from behind.
They threw the principal into the pond within seconds and fled the scene.

Later, other students, officials and employees of the institute rescued him. Principal Farid Uddin filed a case with Chandrima Police Station at night over the incident.

Meanwhile, the students of the institute continued their protests for the 2nd consecutive day to press home their six-point demand, including immediate arrest of those involved in the incident and their exemplary punishment.

They took to the streets around 10 am and staged demonstrations.

The other demands include suspension of accused students, banning student politics on the campus, stopping entry of the outsiders into campus, ensuring security for all on the campus and a healthy academic environment.

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