The four Rajshahi University teachers, jailed earlier on charge of instigating the August 20–22 campus protests in violation of the Emergency Powers Rules, were released from the Rajshahi central jail on a presidential clemency.
Family members and hundreds of teachers and students of the university received the four — management department chair Moloy Kumar Bhowmick, and mass communications department assistant professors Dulal Chandra Biswas, Selim Reza Newton and Abdullah Al Mamun — at the jail gate at about 3.50pm garlanding and embracing them.
The Rajshahi speedy trial court judge, Ruhul Amin, also additional chief metropolitan magistrate, on December 4 sentenced each of the four teachers to two years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk 1,000 each.
In this context Golam Sarwar , the Editor of the Daily Jugantor welcomes this gesture by the government and adds that this could have been be resolved much earlier. Golam Sarwar also says that Dhaka University teachers should also be released as soon as possible without creating further trouble.