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12:00 AM, December 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:21 AM, December 06, 2019

Activities resume at JU, so do protests

Protesting teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) continued their demonstration on the campus yesterday, demanding removal of the vice chancellor for her alleged involvement in corruption and irregularities.

As part of their pre-announced programme, over 60 students and teachers under the banner of “Jahangirnagar against Corruption” gathered at Murad Chattar around noon and brought out a procession.

The university authorities on Wednesday decided to open all dormitories from yesterday after a month-long shut down following an attack allegedly by BCL men on protesting teachers and students. The incident left more than 20 injured on November 5.

Speakers at yesterday’s rally condemned the attack and demanded strict punishment for those involved.

Prof Anwarullah Bhuiyan of Philosophy department alleged that BCL men carried out the attack under patronage of the authorities. “Corruption of the VC is gradually increasing. We want the government to implement its ‘zero tolerance policy’ against corruption at JU,” he said.

Mushfiq Us Salehin, an organiser of the platform, said, “The university authorities were compelled to open the dormitories. It’s a great victory for us. There will be unrest on campus again if our peaceful programmes are attacked…” Prof Rayhan Rhyne, convener of the platform, announced to publish the “corruption records of the vice chancellor” on December 10.

Meanwhile, a group of students staged a sit-in in front of the JU Central Library, alleging that the authorities have reduced the library time. It used to be from 7:30am to 10pm before, which is now 8:30am to 8:30pm.

Contacted, Prof Hanif Ali, acting in-charge of the library, said they will try to come up with a solution on Sunday after discussing with students as classes will reopen that day.

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