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Zafar Iqbal condemns arrest of 5 ex-SUST students

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Zafar Iqbal condemns arrest of 5 ex-SUST students

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Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a former professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), has condemned the arrest of five former students of the university for allegedly sending money to the protesters on the campus.

“I got Tk 10,000 for a write-up on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I’ll give you [students] the money. Now let the police arrest me,” he told the protesting SUST students on Wednesday.

He also urged the law enforcement agencies not to physically assault any student.  “My students have been detained for helping the movement with money. They’ve been kept in custody. You (police) have already assaulted them and done a great damage. Please don’t do it again, and refrain from harassing them,” Zafar Iqbal said.

Mentioning that police have filed a case against the students, he said he was assured that they will be out on bail.

Meanwhile, the arrested former SUST students were granted bail later in the day.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Tuesday arrested the five former SUST students from Dhaka for sending money to the protesting students.

The arrestees are Reza Noor Moin, 31, son of Moin Uddin of Bogura, Habibur Rahman, 26, son of Motier Rahman Khan, Nazmul Sakib, 32, son of Mizanur Rahman of Khulna, AKM Maruf Hossain, 28, son of Mosharraf of Mirpur in Dhaka, and Faisal Ahmed, 27, son of Sadiqul Islam.

The detainees were later handed over to Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP).

A case was filed against them on Tuesday night with Jalalabad Police Station, said its officer-in-charge Nazmul Huda Khan.

SMP Commissioner Md Nisharul Arif said they were being interrogated about funding the student movement

Asked whether financing a movement is a crime, he said, “We’ll look into whether there’s anything else behind the story. If the financing is meant for destabilising the university, it’s certainly a crime.”