Munshiganj school teacher under fire for comments on Islam

Students brought out a procession boycotting classes on March 22 demanding his arrest
Police are investigating an allegation against a school teacher in Narayanganj of defaming the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Quran during a class.

The teacher in question, Hridoy Chandra Mandal, was taken into police custody on March 22 in the face of protests by students. He was later sent to jail through court, police said.

The arrestee is a teacher of math and science at Binodpur Rajkumar High School under Panchshar Union.

A case was filed against him on March 23 by the office assistant of the school.

Abu Bakar Siddique, officer-in-charge (OC) at Munshiganj Sadar police station, told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday that they were investigating the matter.

Further actions would be taken after an investigation, the OC added.

On March 20, Hridoy was conducting a maths class of the tenth grade at the school when he allegedly said that the Prophet (PBUH) was a prudent person and he wrote the holy book himself and promoted it. The teacher said that Islam derived from science.

He also told the students that they should shun the path of such a religion and follow their own will.

Students at the class became enraged and recorded the speech on mobile phones. They went to the headmaster and complained against the teacher. The school authorities allegedly told the students not to take any step on the matter.

The following day, the students submitted a written complaint, seeking action, to the headmaster. At this, the school authorities issued a show cause notice and also tried to settle the matter with the students.

But the students refused a settlement and brought out a procession boycotting classes on March 22.

Police then intervened and detained the teacher from his house.


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