Hindu teacher beaten up for 'anti-Islam' remarks

Wednesday 25th May 2016 06:22 EDT

DHAKA: A Hindu school headmaster was beaten up and made to do sit ups in front of a local lawmaker for allegedly making deprecating statement against Islam. The government has reportedly launched a probe into the incident. Shyamal Kanti Bhakta of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Bandar Upazila was thrashed up by locals after some unidentified people claimed that Bhakhta made offensive comments about the religion while punishing a Muslim student for not studying.

Bhakta was later rescued by police but only after he was battered and made to do sit ups holding ears in the presence of ruling Awami League lawmaker Selim Osman. Unrepentant, the MP claimed that the punishment was the only way to save the teacher from the wrath of the mob. Meanwhile, the victim has denied making any statement against Islam and claimed that some people in school management held grudges agaisnt him. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid termed the humiliation of the headmaster as "unacceptable and inhumane". He said action would be taken after a three-member inquiry committee submitted its report.

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