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6 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 March, 2018 01:14:41 AM
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Attack on prof Zafar Iqbal

Attack a work of extremists

Suspect police
Staff Reporter

Foyzur Hasan was arrested for being involved in the attack on Prof. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on the day of the incident. But law enforcement agencies are unable to say whether there were others behind the heinous crime. However, students of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology University (SUST) claim there were two attackers. The other person had escaped after the attack, they say. Golam Kibria, commissioner of the Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said Saturday’s attack could be the handiwork of an extremist group. “We’re trying to find out the real motive. We’re also investigating whether the attacker was alone or it was a group work.”

Shafiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Jalalabad police station, told The Independent that Foyzur has been kept at the MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital under police custody.

Earlier, RAB said Foyzur subscribes to the ideology of militants. Analysing the nature of the attack and the interrogation of Foyzur, it initially thought that the attack could be an act of militants.

Foyzur Hasan, alias Shafiqur (24), was inspired by Ahle Hadis or the Salafi ideology. The police detained Foyzur’s parents on Sunday night. They had fled their house on Saturday.

Shafiqur Rahman told The Independent that Foyzur’s father, Atiqur Rahman, and mother, Minara Begum, surrendered at Jalalabad police station.

The Sylhet Metropolitan Police have withdrawn two of the four policemen responsible for the security of Mohammad Zafar Iqbal. It was seen on the social media that just before the attack two security men of Zafar Iqbal were busy with mobile phones.

However, the names of these two policemen are not known. The police said they are investigating whether the duo had neglected their duty during the attack.

Rahi, SUST food court official, was standing on the right of Foyzur. Those on the left were students of the electronic and electrical engineering department of SUST. Javed Patawary, inspector general of police (IGP), said the attacker could have been “self-radicalised”. “We are investigating the matter. We will get to the bottom of the incident,” he added.

Teachers, students and staff of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) continued their demonstrations on the campus yesterday, condemning the attack on Dr Zafar Iqbal. Teachers of the university abstained from work for two hours starting from 11am in protest against the incident.

Speaking at the programme, SUST vice-chancellor Prof Farid Uddin said no one will be allowed to make the campus a den of militancy.

Meanwhile, teachers and students of three departments of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) created the face of eminent writer Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, yesterday night. Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), and Software Engineering departments organised the programme protesting the attack on Dr Zafar Iqbal, also a teacher of the CSE department, beginning at 9pm. A three-minute silence was also observed seeking early recovery of the renowned writer.

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