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>Four Dhaka University teachers accused of inciting students during August 20-22 campus protests that caused the government to impose curfews in major cities were acquitted on Monday.
The acquittal came hot in the heels of recent campus protest, biggest demonstration since the Bangladesh’s army-backed caretaker government took over on January 11 last year, aimed at forcing the government to release the teachers of the country’s biggest university.
A Dhaka court that cleared the teachers of the charge also acquitted 11 students.
Leaders of different political parties hailed the court verdict that acquitted the DU teachers and students in connection with the August violence on campus, saying the judgment proved the teachers were absolutely innocent.
Families of the detained teachers and a student expressed satisfaction over their acquittal, demanding their immediate release and withdrawal of all cases for maintaining a congenial academic atmosphere on the campus.

The DU teachers and students yesterday vowed to continue their demonstrations on campus until all cases filed against university students and teachers in connection with the August violence are withdrawn.
The teachers and students were arrested under the country’s emergency rules and later investigated by a judicial commission. The country has been under a state of emergency since January last year, when the interim government took power and banned political activity and protests.
Four students listed as absconding since the August unrest were sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine.
Authorities ordered an indefinite curfew in major cities including the capital Dhaka, following the August violence that was sparked by an alleged assault on some students by troops during a football match on the Dhaka University campus. A man was killed on Rajshahi University campus, in the northwest, while around 300 others were injured elsewhere during the violence.
The curfew was lifted after a few days, but all major universities in the six cities remained closed for up to two months.
(Read The Daily Star article)


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