Staff Reporter : A faculty member of the Department of Crop Science and Technology of Rajshahi University (RU) was allegedly physically assaulted by his colleague over some 'hijacked confidential documents'. The incident took place in the academic building of the agriculture faculty on Wednesday afternoon, according to university sources. "I was photocopying some papers. Just then Professor Khairul Islam arrived and pushed me. I fell on the floor. Doctors have suggested that I should go for a CT scan," reports our RU Correspondent quoting Professor Ali Asgar. An office assistant of the department said that he heard a noise and found Professor Asgar lying unconscious on the ground after arriving there. Rejecting the allegation, Professor Khairul Islam said, "Asgar fainted because I caught him photocopying confidential documents that he had hijacked. I did not touch him. He fell on the floor out of shock. He is now acting to get media coverage." While talking to the media, Khairul alleged that Asgar had "hijacked" some confidential information from the department about three newly appointed teachers. The three teachers in question jointly filed a complaint with the RU registrar against Asgar last night bringing similar allegations. "I am a member of the university planning committee. I have the right to access such information. There is no question of hijacking," Asgar said when asked about the allegation. Last year, Professor Asgar filed a writ petition with the High Court claiming that the three appointments were "illegal". The High Court later dismissed the petition and the three faculty members joined the department on January 27. RU Proctor Prof Lutfor Rahman said, "I have heard about the incident. We will look into the matter." Acting Chairman of the department Professor Abul Kalam Azad said, Professor Asgar was sent to the university medical centre soon after the incident. On Wednesday, a group of teachers and students took out a procession and demonstrated on the Zoha Chattar of the campus protesting the alleged assault on Professor Asgar. In November last year, Professor Ali Asgar and Prof Khairul Islam had filed general diaries against each another with Motihar Police Station where they blamed each other for giving threats.
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