‘We’re being threatened’ | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:21 AM, September 18, 2019

‘We’re being threatened’

Say JU BCL leaders who spoke up about receiving money from VC

Chhatra League leaders who publicly spoke about receiving a hefty amount of money from JU VC Prof Farzana Islam last night said that they were feeling insecure on the campus after being threatened over phone.

“We got several phone calls from unknown people telling us to leave the campus. Or else we may face consequences,” said Saddam Hossain, joint secretary of JU BCL, at a press briefing at Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall around 9:30pm.

We received the threats in the afternoon, Saddam said.

Three BCL leaders -- Vice President Niamul Hasan Taz, Organising Secretary Shamim Molla and Saddam -- also claimed that their phone networks went dead in the evening.

A number of teachers who raised voice during the ongoing protest against alleged corruption on the campus also told The Daily Star that they could not make or receive any calls from their phones from around 7:00pm to 11:00pm last night.

The teachers include Pro-VC Prof Amir Hussain, former VC Prof Sharif Enamul Kabir, Prof Rayhan Rhyne of philosophy department, Prof Sayeed Ferdous of anthropology, Prof Jamal Uddin Runu of environmental sciences department, Prof Tarek Reza and Prof Shamima Sultana of Bangla department.

However, Provost of the Rabindranath Tagore Hall Provost Prof Abdullahel Kafi said, “As they have received threats over the phone, they should file general diaries with the nearest police station.

We are aware of the ongoing tension on the campus, he added.

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