Teachers and students continued their protests on university campuses against attacks on quota reform protesters by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists and manhandling of guardians and citizens by the police in the capital.
BCL men again beat up a Rajshahi University student on the campus for his participation in the movement for quota reforms.
It was for the 5th day in a row that the BCL men attacked students on public university campuses to foil their demonstrations seeking government job quota reforms.
Teachers and students held demonstrations on the campuses of Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University in protest against manhandling of DU Mass Communication and Journalism professor Fahmidul
Haq and columnist and writer Rahnuma Ahmed and picking up former student leader Baqui Billah by police when on Tuesday they were protesting against BCL men’s attacks on students.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union’s former president Baqui Billah was picked up by the police in a bid to foil a demonstration of Udbigno Abhibhabak O Nagarik Samaj.
On Wednesday, DU teachers and students held a demonstration at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla in protest against Tuesday’s manhandling of Fahmidul Haq and Rahnuma Ahmed by the police.
The protesting teachers and students said that Dhaka university which was the cradle of the nation’s democratic and cultural movements has been turned into ‘a valley of death.’
DU Mass Communication and Journalism professor Gitiara Nasreen cautioned the government not let the situation deteriorate further unless it wants to see the guardians and teachers take to the streets.
DU professors Kazi Maruful Islam, Md Tanzimuddin Khan were among the teachers who took part in the human chain.
DU students in a procession paraded across campus before dispersing at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla.
Progressive Students’ Alliance at a press conference it called at DU Madhur Canteen condemned BCL’s attacks students demanding quota reforms and demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.
Students of three female dormitories — Shamsunnahar Hall, Rokeya Hall and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall — at Dhaka University brought out processions on their dormitory premises around 11:00pm, demanding safety on the university campus.
They chanted slogans against atrocities on students, participating in quota reformation movement, by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists and demanded that the university authorities take immediate actions against the attackers.
The demonstrators, after the processions, announced that they would hold a rally at TSC of the university today.
Jahangirnagair University teachers and students held a demonstration on the campus in protest against manhandling of Fahmidul Haq and Rahnuma Ahmed and the series of attacks and arrest of students in the movement for job quota reforms.
Hundreds of teacher and students holding the banner of ‘Teachers-Students Unity Platform’ paraded across the campus in a procession that set out from the Faculty of Social Sciences and terminated at the New Arts and Humanities Faculty Building.
It’s incredible that the BCL and the police were attacking students said JU economics professor Anu Muhammad.
He said that such attacks cannot occur without the consent of powerful people.
JU professor of government and politics Naseem Akhter Hussain described the arrests and harassment of teachers and guardians as ‘heinous acts’.
‘If the government does not reform the quota system, we will begin a tougher movement with our students’, she said.
JU professors Abdul Latif Masum and Sayeed Ferdous took part in the procession as did JU cultural Alliance president Ashikur Rahman.
On the campus of Rajshahi University also BCL men beat up fellow student Sheikh Jasim Uddin Bijoy for his participation in the quota reform movement.
‘BCL men caught and forcibly took me and my roommate Takbir Hossain in front of the Senate building they beat me up there’, said Bijoy.
BCL RU unit president Golam Kibria denied the allegation and branded Bijoy as a Shibir leader.
Kibria said that they handed over Bijoy to the university proctorial body alleging that he had posted defamatory remarks about prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the Facebook.
RU proctor Lutfor Rahman told New Age, ‘We handed over Bijoy to Motihar Police Station for his safety.’
Motihar police station officer in charge Shahadat Hossain told New Age that no case was filed against Bijoy until 5:00 pm Wednesday.
BCL men did not allow quota reform protesters to hold their announced sit in demonstration on the campuses of the RU as well as the BM College in Barisal.
On Saturday, in BCL men’s attacks at least 15 quota reform protesters were injured.
On Tuesday, quota reform protesters’ leaders Faruque Ahmed, Tariqul Islam and Jasim Uddin were sent to jail by Dhaka court after they were arrested by the police and produced in a metropolitan magistrate’s court.
On Sunday, quota reform protest movement organizer Rashed Khan was remanded to the police for interrogations for five days following his arrest earlier in the day.
On Monday the protesters held demonstrations on campuses in protest against Saturday’s attacks on them and demanding abolition of quota in government jobs as the prime minister had announced in Parliament on April 11.
The protesters began the movement demanding quota system reforms in mid-February.
On Monday constituted a high power committee led by the cabinet secretary to reform or abolish the quota system.
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