Tuesday, December 20, 2011

'Fakhruddin, Moeen liable for DU violence'

Dhaka, Dec 20
A parliamentary watchdog has held former caretaker chief Fakhruddin Ahmed, army chief Moeen U Ahmed, the then police chief and officers of army's intelligence agency responsible for the violence at Dhaka University in 2007.

In its report submitted to the parliamentary standing committee on the education ministry on Tuesday, the sub-committee formed to investigate the atrocities recommended punishment for them, panel head Rashed Khan Menon told reporters on Tuesday.

Violence broke out in DU after army men camped on the campus beat up some students on Aug 20, 2007 following an altercation with a few students on the university playground during a football match.

The students had also assaulted some senior army officers, rampaged through the capital, burning and damaging dozens of vehicles as they clashed with the police. The army men then launched a ruthless assault on the students that went on for several days.

The violence spilled on to Dhaka's streets and spread across the country, shaking the caretaker government backed by the influential army.

After taking charge, the Sheikh Hasina government constituted a sub-committee to run an investigation into the incidents.

The sub-committee heard statements of army officials, teachers and students. The students, however, blamed Fakhruddin and Moeen for the violence.

The then army chief, in a statement through teleconference from the US, declined his involvement with the violence. For his part, Fakhruddin sent an email, which the committee termed "incomplete".

Menon, also head of the parliamentary standing committee on the education ministry, had on Dec 8 said that the sub-committee finalised its report with recommendation to take legal steps against "those who had been in charge" then.