Vol. 5 Num 799 Fri. August 25, 2006  
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Shibir's death threat to Prof Hasan Azizul for talking secularism

Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Rajshahi University yesterday threatened Prof Hasan Azizul Haque with death for his speech on education and secularism at a seminar on August 21.

Shibir bigots said Prof Hasan would have to die like Prof Humayun Azad or leave the country like Taslima Nasrin.

The Shibir leaders made the threat in a rally where they branded the eminent litterateur 'Nastik and enemy of Islam', declared him unwelcome on the campus and burnt his effigy.

The Shibir activists were infuriated apparently after two local pro-Jamaat newspapers, daily Natun Probhat and Naya Diganta, ran reports on the speech Prof Hasan gave at the August 21 seminar and they distributed copies of the newspapers among the students during the rally.

Speaking with The Daily Star, Prof Hasan said his speeches were concocted by the newspapers. "Fabrication of my speeches and consecutive agitation by Shibir are clear indications of a dangerous plot".

The Shibir rally was convened by Zulfikar Nayeem while Mahbubur Rahman, Mokhlesur Rahman, Abul Alim and Nomani spoke at the rally among other Shibir activists.

Different teachers, students and cultural organisations including Progressive Teachers Society, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Chhatra Union, RU Drama Association, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Anushilon Drama Group, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and Udichi strongly condemned the threat by Shibir.

Six former vice presidents and general secretaries of Rucsu (Rajshahi University Central Students Union) in a joint statement also condemned the threat and said Shibir has plans to create communal tension following a changed scenario in the national politics.

The Rucsu leaders that signed the statement are Fazle Hossain Badsha, Nurul Islam Thandu, Ruhul Kuddus Babu, Ragib Ahsan Munnah, Zahangir Kabir Rana, and Shamsul Haque Tuku.