Dhaka, Bangladesh
Student demos in JU, IU continue

Student demos in JU, IU continue

News Desk: Students of different universities are continuing demonstrations on their respective campuses demanding resignation of a number of vice-chancellors for their alleged involvement in corruption and failure in protecting the students on the campuses from outside attack. Protesting students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Sunday threatened to go on a tougher movement if their Vice-chancellor Dr Farzana Islam does not step down within October 1. Mohammad Didar, general secretary of JU unit Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, came up with the announcement after observing a one-hour 'black flag' demonstration on the campus. Terming the VC 'corrupt', the students under the banner of 'Jahangirnagar Against Corruption' gathered in front of the Shaheed Minar of the university around 1pm and showed the 'black flag' to the VC. They also announced to observe the 'black flag' demonstration on the campus every day during the admission test of the university. On September 18, the protesters declared its VC 'persona non grata' for her alleged involvement in corruption and irregularities in development projects of the university. The former leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Islamic University (IU) unit in Kushtia demonstrated on the campus on Sunday demanding removal of the university's proctor, Professor M Mahbubar Rahman. Over one hundred BCL leaders and activists went to the university's main entrance and locked up it at around 1:50pm, witnesses said. Later, they marched towards the administrative building chanting slogans against the proctor. The movement of university bus remained suspended triggering suffering to the teachers, employees and students of the university. Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) on Sunday demanded the resignation of vice-chancellor of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSTU). DUCSU VP Nurul Haque Nur made this demand from a protest rally held at the base of the Raju memorial, an anti-terrorism sculpture on the DU campus condemning attacks on the students by the outsiders. Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC), the platform that led the quota reform movement last year, organised the rally. In his speech, Nurul Haque Nur said even a culvert bridge was broken to bar actual students of the institute from coming to the campus, and to allow the attack on students by rented terrorists to go ahead. 50 students of BSMRSTU in Gopalgonj were injured as outsiders swooped on them on Saturday after they continued demonstration seeking the removal of its VC. The university was closed sine die on Saturday amid students' demonstration.

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