‘Dr Zafar Iqbal is an enemy of Islam’, attacker tells RAB

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Sylhet, Mar 04: The attacker said that he attacked Professor Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal considering him an enemy of Islam.

“Professor Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is an enemy of Islam, so I have attacked on him,” CEO of RAB-9 Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmad told reporters after primary interrogation of attacker Faizur.

The attacker is now being treated at Sylhet Combined Military Hospital and detail will be briefed after getting information from the attacker, the law enforcing agencies official said.

Meanwhile, law enforcing agencies have identified the identity of the attacker of renowned writer and teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Professor Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

Fayzur Rahman, son of Atikul Islam, a resident of Sheikhpara area near Kumargaon Bus Stand adjacent to the university, hailing from Kaliar Kapon village in Derai upazila of Sunamganj, made attack on Prof Zafar Iqbal, said Shafikul Islam Swapan, officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station.

The police official, however, is unwilling to disclose further details for the sake of investigation.

Dr Zafar Iqbal, who was seriously injured in the knife attack on the campus on Saturday afternoon, is now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

SUST Assistant Proctor Abu Hena Pahil said a young man, aged around 24-25, swooped on Prof Zafar Iqbal around 5:40pm while he was delivering his speech on the closing day of a two-day celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Mukta Mancha.

The celebrated writer was first taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and kept at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where doctors said he was out of danger.

Later, Zafar Iqbal was airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka following the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. An air ambulance carrying him left Osmani International Airport around 10pm.

A constable, Ibrahim, was also injured while trying to catch the attacker.

Soon after the incident, SUST students caught the attacker from the Shikkha Bhaban-1 after the attack and gave him a mass beating before handing him over to police.

Protesting the attack on the noted writer, general students of the university under the banner of Sammilito Sanskritik Jote will form a human chain in front of central library around 12pm.