Govt, police served legal notice on RU firingNew Age Online
Five academicians of different universities and rights activists on Tuesday sent a legal notice to the home secretary and police to explain in 24 hours the reason of opening fires at the general students of Rajshahi University on February 2 this year.
More than 100 students were injured, 20 of them reportedly hit by bullets, as the police and activists of the ruling party-backed Chhatra League swooped on the students protesting against increased fees and move to introduce evening courses on a commercial basis.
The legal notice also asked the authority to explain whether the cops had followed the provision of the Police Regulation of Bengal of 1943.
The regulation provided that police needed to get formal order from an officer in charge or a magistrate before shooting to disperse anyone and also required to issue repeated warnings before firing.
The notice claimed that there was no such warning given to the students before triggering the guns at them.
The petitioners are coordinator of Nijera kori Khushi Kabir, Chittagong University’s retired professor Swapon Adnan, Dhaka University’s Bangla Department teacher Rafique Ulla Khan, Jahangirnagar University Anthropology Department teacher Manosh Kumar Chowdhury, Dhaka University Mass Communication and Journalism teacher Fahmidul Haq and International Relations department teacher Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan.
The notice sent to the home secretary, inspector general of police, Rajshahi Metropolitan police commissioner and Rajshahi’s Motihar police station officer in charge via a courier service.
Supreme Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua served the legal notice on behalf of the petitioners.
The notice said the rights activists and the teachers instructed Jyotirmoy Barua to initiate legal action in case of failure to respond the notice in the stipulated time.
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