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Dhaka varsity fires canteen owner for serving beef to Hindu students

Thursday April 20, 2017 8:49 PM, News Network

Dhaka University

Zakir Hossain, a class-four employee, who became the leaseholder of Faculty of Fine Arts canteen was debarred from Dhaka University on Sunday for serving beef when students had gathered to celebrate the Bangla New Year on 'Pahela Baisakh', local media reported.

Zakir admitted that he made the Tehari with beef when the students ordered it for breakfast. Students had worked overnight to prepare for the 'Mangal Shobhajatra' procession, reported today.

Zakir Hossain was originally tasked with maintenance of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's grave but look the lease of the canteen as his side business.

"He was running the canteen without permission (from the authorities)," Acting Proctor Amzad Ali told the news portal.

He said Zakir was fired on Sunday for 'creating disorder' on Pahela Baishakh when thousands gather on the campus to celebrate the Bangla New Year.

The students of the faculty said beef was never allowed in their canteen considering the fact that it is 'forbidden' for Hindus.

The students ordered Tehari for breakfast after working overnight to prepare for the 'Mangal Shobhajatra' procession.

Hossain, however, accused Bangladesh Chatra Leader Sohag and his friends of intentionally ordering beef Tehari and feeding it to Hindu students and said they did it to sabotage Hossain's image as he had refused to pay extortion money.

An inquiry committee formed by the authorities have asked for a report in a week's time.

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