After mob humiliates teacher, Bangladesh district bans cellphones in schools and colleges

District Education Officer Sayedur Rahman said in a letter to institution officials that students were secretly bringing phones to institutions and their thoughtless messages were creating tension.

He told institutions to check students’ bags, if necessary, and punish them if a cellphone is found.

He ordered meetings with students and their parents to ensure that students do not take phones into schools.

District education authorities will monitor the implementation of the ordinances following requests from district residents, he added.

The incident that led authorities to issue the orders took place at Mirzapur United Degree College following a Facebook post by a Hindu student who had shared a photo of Indian BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who was criticized for his remarks about the Prophet. Mohammed.

According to locals, some Muslim students asked the Hindu student to delete the post on June 18 after he went to college.

Tensions mounted when rumors spread that acting principal Swapan Kumar Biswas had sided with the Hindu student. Angry Muslim residents and students set fire to the principal’s and two teachers’ motorcycles. The crowd also clashed with the police.

Video of the incident showed locals and students putting a garland of shoes around Swapan’s neck in the presence of police, accusing him of belittling Islam for his alleged attempt to save the Hindu student from the same mob .

Law enforcement took the principal with the student to the police station. However, police said the principal was not being held.

The Directorate of Secondary and Tertiary Education in Bangladesh has formed a committee to investigate the incident amid protests across the country.

Swapan has not stayed home since the incident. His wife said he hid because he didn’t feel safe.

Police opened a case 10 days after the incident and arrested four suspects amid nationwide protests and condemnations.

The Awami League on Friday suspended a local leader, who is also a middle school teacher and was seen in a video of the incident.