Prof Zafar Iqbal stabbed at SUST, to be taken to Dhaka CMH

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Desk report, Mar 03: Renowned writer and teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Dr Muhammed ZafarIqbal was seriously injured in a knife attack on the campus on Saturday afternoon.

SUST Assistant Proctor Abu Hena Pahil said a young man, aged around 24-25, swooped on Dr ZafarIqbal, a teacher of SUST Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, 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 attacker stabbed him in the back of his head, leaving him injured.

The noted 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 at 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.

However, 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.

However, the identity of the attacker could not be ascertained yet as he lost his senses during the mass beating. He was taken to Ragib-Rabeya Medical College Hospital under the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

Along with police, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were deployed on the campus, said officer-in-charge of Jalalabad Police Station Shafiqul Islam Swapon.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police Muhammad Abdul Wahab said they were trying to know the reason behind the attack. “The mystery will be debunked once the attacker is interrogated,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, different individuals and organisations strongly condemned the attack.

The Prime Minister also asked the authorities concerned to bring the perpetrator to justice.

“The Prime Minister is constantly enquiring about Muhammed Zafar Iqbal,” PM’s press secretary IhsanulKarim said.

Strongly condemning the attack, BNP alleged that those who want to fish in troubled waters are behind it.

Bikalpa Dhar Bangladesh President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhur, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Pragatishil Shikkhak Forum, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front and Bigyan Andolan Mancha also condemned the attack.

Gonojagoron Mancha brought a torch procession in the capital protesting the attack on the renowned writer.

A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front brought out procession on the SUST campus protesting the attack.

Sammilita Sangskriti Jote will form a human chain on the campus at 12 noon on Sunday protesting the incident.