August 5, 2016 - 12:50pm
In the second week of May, a video clip went viral on the social media. It was a telltale evidence of how a school headmaster in Narayanganj was humiliated and made to squat holding his ears in the presence of a local lawmaker.
The incident stirred nationwide outrage and the High Court directed police on June 9 to submit by August 4 a detailed report on the incident of public humiliation of Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School.
After conducting a probe for nearly two months, police came up with its report yesterday, stating that it didn't find any truth in the incident involving Shyamal.
Citing the report submitted by Bandar police for placing it before the HC, Deputy Attorney General Motaher Hossain Sazu said police recorded statements of 20 people, including Shyamal, a few teachers at his school, the local upazila chairman and some witnesses, but found no truth in the incident.
Without elaborating, the DAG told this correspondent that police didn't specifically say what was the incident involving Shymal.
A police official from Bandar Police Station brought the report to the DAG's office. But he sent it back as some parts of it were handwritten.
He asked police to submit the report on Sunday after having it composed in a computer.
The DAG said the HC is set to hold hearing on a rule on the issue on August 11 and his office would submit the report to the HC that day if police provide it on Sunday.
On May 13, Shyamal was humiliated in public and made to squat holding his ears in the presence of local Jatiya Party lawmaker AKM Salim Osman.
A video clip of the incident went viral on the social media, triggering public outrage and a firestorm of protests on social networking sites.
A quarter, believed to be followers of the local lawmaker, spread propaganda that locals “punished” Shyamal for allegedly making offensive comments about religion while meting out corporal punishment to a student on May 8.
On May 26, the education ministry submitted a probe report to the attorney general's office, saying Piyar Sattar Latif High School committee forced headteacher Shyamal to resign following unproven allegations that he had hurt religious sentiment of the Muslims.
The allegation brought against Shyamal was not found true, the probe body said, adding that relevant rules were not followed in suspending him. It also recommended that he should be reinstated.
Later, Shyamal was reinstated as headmaster of the school.