Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Attackers of Dr Siddique yet to be arrested

The people, who attacked Prof Dr Ratan Siddiqui in the capital’s Uttara on Friday, are yet to be arrested.

"Police did not arrest any of the attackers on Saturday. A case was filed in this regard and the allegation is being investigated," Yasin Gazi, inspector (investigation) of Uttara West Police Station,   said on Saturday.

He said all those involved in the offence will be brought to book soon. The CCTV footage is being monitored to identify the offenders.

Earlier on Friday, after Jumma prayer, a group of people from the mosque adjacent to his house allegedly attacked the professor and his wife following an altercation over the parking of a motorcycle on the driveway of his house. The attackers also chanted a slogan there and branded him as "anti-Islamic," alleged Dr. Ratan Siddiqui.

“As my wife and I returned home from outside, we noticed a motorcycle parked in front of our gate, blocking the driveway. As we asked the biker to move his two-wheeler, he started arguing over a false allegation that I mocked religion. They assaulted me and misbehaved with my wife," he complained.

Later, the couple filed a case with Uttara West Police Station accusing around 300 unidentified people.

Dr. Ratan Siddiqui won the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 2020 for his contribution to drama.

He was also the acting chairman of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board and vice-president of the Udichi Central Parliament.