Journalist leaders gave a four-day ultimatum to the Chittagong University authorities to take actions against the Bangladesh Chhatra League activists who allegedly carried out an attack on journalists on the university campus on Tuesday.
At a protest rally organised by Chittagong Union of Journalists at Chittagong Press Club premises on Thursday, CUJ leaders said that if the university authorities did not take any actions against the attackers by February 26, they would lay siege to the CU vice chancellor’s residence on February 27.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists vice president Shahid Ul Alam, joint secretary Tapan Chakrabarty, CUJ president Nazimuddin Shyamal, former president Reaz Hyder Chowdhury, general secretary Hassan Ferdous, joint secretary Sabur Shuvo, press and publication secretary Kutub Uddin and executive member Uttam Sen Gupta, among others, addressed the protest programme.
A faction of CU BCL led by its former president of recently dissolved committee, Mohammed Alamgir Tipu, carried out the attack on journalists and vandalised the proctor’s office and several vehicles at the campus on February 20.
The faction, allegedly a follower of Chittagong City Corporation mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, called a blockade for an indefinite period, protesting at the arrest of their fellow men from the university halls on early Tuesday, and resignation of the proctor Mohammad Ali Asgar Chowdhury.
On Wednesday, the faction withdrew the strike.
On the day, CU authority filed a case with Hathazari Police on Wednesday accusing unidentified persons for the vandalism at the university offices.
Confirming the information, Belal Uddin Mohammad Jahangir, officer-in-charge of Hathazari Police said they have released the detained ‘nine general students’ who were detained during raids at CU halls.
Chittagong University Journalist Association has announced a protest rally at CU campus on Sunday.
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