Two suspected Shibir men held at JU

Two former students of Jahangirnagar University were nabbed on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. Members of proctorial body detained them on Tuesday around 8.00 pm from university’s Chowrangi area with the help of intelligence agencies.

The detainees, identified as Saad Sharif ex student of 41st batch of Government and Politics department and Nurul Amin student of 42nd batch of Archeology department. According to Proctor Office sources, they were detained during a torch procession of the ongoing protest against the Vice-Chancellor on the university campus. They were planning to destabilize the university administration around the program.

Later, after the initial interrogation, they were handed over to police at Ashulia police station with seized documents at 11.30 pm. Regarding their detention, acting proctor of the university, A S M Firoz Ul Hasan said, "We were monitoring the campus throughout the day based on information that members of Shibir and Chhtra Dal would participate in the torch march. Later, the two of them were detained from Chowrangi area along with motorcycles on the basis of intelligence agencies information. After the detention, important information related to Shibir were found on their mobiles and WhatsApp conversation. All information proves that they were trying to influence ongoing movement on the campus. Besides, we also got information that some teachers give them money for movement. There is also evidence of who contact them from abroad.

In response to the questions of the journalists present there, the accused Saad Sharif said, "I am not involved in any active politics. Some teachers arrested us on suspicion from Chowrangi area. We have no involvement with the campus’s ongoing movement."

Meanwhile, agitating teachers and students of ongoing protest against the Vice-Chancellor came to proctor office on the night and denied any involvement of Shibir with their movement. They said that university administration is trying to divert this movement to another side. They demanded proper evidences of detainees’ involvement with the movement. After getting no satisfactory reply from the administration, agitators staged a rally and brought out procession around the Proctor office.

On Wednesday, when contacted, Inspector (Investigation) of Ashulia Police Station, Taslim Uddin said, “The university authority filed a case against Saad Sarif under Digital Security Act. We have already sent him to court for trial and will seek 5-day remand from the court. We released other suspect Nurul Amin for not being involved in this case.”