Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Allegation of Being 'Breeding Ground of Terrorists'

HC orders probe into NSU

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned of the government and North South University (NSU) to investigate the allegation that NSU had become a “breeding ground of terrorists” and submit separate reports to it in 30 days.
The court said the allegations came in different newspapers reports recently.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the NSU authorities took some decisions, including monitoring students’ movement, to find whether anybody was involved in militant activities.
“They told me about some decisions like checking students before allowing them in classes,” he told journalists at his office in reply to queries over rising militant activities in some private universities.
He warned that action under the existing criminal laws and under the university act would be taken if specific allegation of involvement in militant activities was found against any university teacher or student.
Detectives arrested five NSU students, now expelled, on March 1 for allegedly murdering blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar in the capital’s Mirpur on February 15.
The HC also asked the government to conduct investigation into a January attack on a blogger, Asif Mohiuddin, allegedly by some NSU students and submit the inquiry report to it within same period.
It issued a suomoto rule asking the authorities to explain in 15 days why they should not be directed to apprehend and prosecute Asif’s attackers. It ordered the government to submit a report to it by March 12 on whether any action was taken against the attackers.
The home and education secretaries, inspector general of police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, and NSU vice-chancellor and its trustees were made respondents to the rule and order, said court sources.