Police charged four Dhaka University (DU) teachers and 32 others including 15 DU students with instigating violent student protests on the university campus and at other places in the city last month.
The teachers who have been formally charged are already detained DU Teachers' Association (DUTA) General Secretary Prof Anwar Hossain and Social Science Faculty Dean Prof Harun-or-Rashid and DUTA President Prof Sadrul Amin and applied physics department Chairman Prof Neem Chandra Bhowmik.
The police charged the four DU teachers in two cases for violating the EPR by inciting and fuelling violent student protests following a brawl between students and some army personnel on a DU playground on August 20. The violence spread quickly to other educational institutions and places in the country on August 21 and 22 that prompted the caretaker administration to clamp an indefinite curfew on the capital and five other divisional headquarters.
If the charges are proved, the DU teachers will be sentenced to a maximum of five years' or a minimum of two years' rigorous imprisonment and fine. Charges were also brought against 15 students of Dhaka University along with their teachers in the two cases filed with Shahbagh Police Station.