Protests at DU, RU against attacks on quota protesters

Our Correspondent | Published: 15:05, Jul 03,2018 | Updated: 15:37, Jul 03,2018


A group of teachers and students of forma barefoot human chain on Rajshahi University campus protesting the recent attacks on students and activists of quota reform movement.-- New Age photo

Students and teachers at Rajshahi University and Dhaka University on Tuesday went out on demonstrations condemning Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Monday’s attack on students seeking quota reform.

At Dhaka University, students under the banner ‘Students against Repression’ formed a human chain at Raju memorial monument on the campus.

Umme Habiba, a leader of the platform, called on everyone not to backtrack but continue the movement for reform in quotas in civil service.

At Rajshahi University, teachers and students on Tuesday condemned and protested against the recent assaults and attacks on general students demanding for quota reformation at various educational institutions across the country by the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of the ruling Awami League.

 They staged a sit-in programme beside the grave of Shaheed Shamsuzzoha, who was shot dead by Pakistani military in front of the main gate of RU on February 18, 1969 while trying to protect students, for one hour.

Earlier on Monday night, condemning an protesting against the BCL attacks on general students associate Professor Farid Uddin Khan of economics department of the university in his facebook profile declared that he would go to his office barefoot and would stand at Zoha's grave for an hour from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm keeping silence.

 Department sources said, though Farid Uddin Khan came to the department in barefoot in the morning, but he was resisted by the department chair and the university authorities not to go the shrine.

 RU economics department chair KBM Mahbubur Rahman told the students who went to the department to bring Professor Farid Uddin that he could not let Professor Farid go there as he might be assaulted.

However, five other teachers went to the Zoha’s grave at 11:00am expressing solidarity with Professor Farid and staged a silence sit-in programme at the shine for one hour.

The five teachers are—Professor Saleh Hasan Naqib of physics department, Professor Baitul Mokkadesur Rahman of pharmacy department, Professor Iftikharul Alam Masud, associate Professor Saiful Islam of computer science and engineering department, and Professor Aktar Banu Alpana of education and research institute of the university.

 Following the teachers, several hundreds of general students also expressed solidarity with the teachers and joined at programme.

The students demanded fair probe into the attack on Parishad’s RU unit joint convener Tariqul Islam Tariq, whose right leg had been totally broken, arrest of the BCL men who attack upon Tariq, and ensuring overall security on campus of students.

They also declared that they would same programme today (Wednesday) at the same venue and same time.

Meanwhile, BCL leaders and activists tried to bring a procession where the teachers and students were staging sit-in at 12pm. However, the university authority and the law enforcers refrained them at the university Paris Road and forced the general students to leave the place at 12:15pm.

 RU proctor Lutfor Rahman told New Age that they made both groups leave the place as they feared that there might be a clashed.

 BCL RU unit president Golam Kibria told New Age that they took position near Zoha’s grave so that none could create anarchy on campus in the name quota reformation.

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