Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) on Tuesday said that a vested quarter is trying to divert the logical quota reform movement of the students by spreading rumours aimed at creating instability on the campus.
The members of the teachers' platform came up with the observation at a press conference held at DU teachers' club. The press conference was organised to let know the recent incidents of the university to the nation.
Professor Dr Muhammad Samad while reading out a written statement said that the teachers' platform supported the demonstration as DUTA considered the students' quota reform movement as logical and time befitting one, but a group is trying to divert the movement to serve political purpose.
"DUTA in an emergency meeting on April 9 urged the government to take steps to reform quota system, expressed solidarity with the demonstrators and reinstated its support through a press release on April 11."
"It also urged the law enforcers not to take action against the agitating students and demanded to ensure their safety," said Prof Samad, convener of the Awami League backed teachers' Blue Panel.
On April 8, rumour was spread that a protestor, Abu Bakar, died in police firing that led to vandalise Vice-Chancellor's residence.
It was also propagated on April 10 that a Chhatra League leader of Sufia Kamal Hall had cut tendon of another female student of the hall which was later proved wrong," said the statement which signed by DUTA general secretary Professor Shibli Rubaiat Ul Islam.
Provost of Sufia Kamal Hall Professor Dr Sabita Rezwana Rahman told the conference three students of the hall were handed over to their guardians on late Thursday night for their alleged involvement in spreading falsehood through fake Facebook accounts, BSS reports.
They propagated that Iffat Jahan Isha, hall president of Bangladesh Chhatra League, allegedly assaulted students inside her room around 12:30am on April 10 for joining quota reform movement.
The teachers claimed that the hall authorities identified four students of the hall for spreading rumours on April 10 and handed over three students to their local guardians after discussion with them.
"To divert the incident, a vested quarter spread rumour that the students were evicted at midnight. The main objective of the rumour was to destabilize the university and the country and to save the perpetrators who attacked the VC's residence," said that DUTA statement.
The teachers also urged the law enforcers not to harass any protestors or their family members and called upon the protestors to be alert so that no group can gain their political interest through spreading rumours.