QUOTA REFORM MOVEMENT

Protesters call for class, exam boycott

DU Correspondent | Published: 23:46, Jul 11,2018

 
 

Social science department students of Dhaka University demonstrate on the campus on Wednesday, demanding release of their fellow Moshiur. — Sony Ramany

Job seekers and students demanding reform to quota system in government jobs announced indefinite boycott of classes and exams at universities and colleges across the country from Thursday demanding unconditional release of their arrested leaders and safe campus. 
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad in a statement on Wednesday evening also demanded an immediate end to attack, repression on them when general students of Dhaka University on continued their demonstration on the campus demanding actions against Chhatra League’s leaders and activists who attacked quota protesters.
The Parishad convener, Hasan Al Mamun, in the statement said that their programme would continue
until unconditional release of all quota reform protesters and until the attackers were punished.
General students of Dhaka University on Wednesday continued their demonstration on the campus, demanding actions against the attackers.
Around 10 quota movement leaders were so far detained since the BCL attacks on protesters on DU campus on June 30, protesters alleged.
From a human chain, they also demanded unconditional release of arrested quota reform protester and safe environment of education and democratic practices on the campus.
Around five hundred students with their teachers formed the human chain under the banner of ‘Mokarrom Building Area Students’ Wednesday noon.
At the human chain, mass communication and journalism department professor Fahmidul Haque said that students took to the streets for a just demand and they lent their support from very beginning of the movement but when the students came under brutal attack, it was their ethical duty to stand by them.
He lamented that the students were being attacked, arrested and tortured on remand while the identified culprits were not brought to justice.
He strongly criticised the university administration for standing by the government, not by the students.
Demanding safe and secure campus for the students and unconditional release of the detained quota reform protesters, Fahmid also said that students were afraid of moving on the campus after spate of attacks by the BCL activists.
Mass communication and journalism professor Gitiara Nasreen, international relations department Associate Professor Md Tanzimuddin Khan, sociology department associate professor Samina Lutfa, and economics department assistant professor Rushad Faridi were present at the demonstration, among others.
In the meantime, soon after the students started their human chain demanding punishment of culpable Chhatra League activists, some BCL activists under the banner of general students also seen standing with placards ‘don’t pay heed to any rumours’ at the same place.
Meanwhile, students of sociology department on Wednesday morning demonstrated padlocking gate of the department for releasing their fellow Moshiur, who was handed over to cop after beating by BCL activists on July 2.
Moshiur Rahman, a joint convener of quota reform movement, a second year student from the department was handed over to Shahbagh Police by Mastarda Surja Sen Hall Chhatra League unit. On Tuesday a Dhaka court had granted his two day remand in DU VC residence vandalism case.
After department chairman Professor Nehal Karim’s assurance of taking steps within two working days, students withdrew the blockade.
Suchismita Tithi, one of the protesters, said that they would place a memorandum to the vice-chancellor and proctor for taking institutional steps within two days of they would continue their protests.
While the students started their protests around 9:00am, a sociology professor, AKM Jamal Uddin asked them to leave the place and threatened to hand them over to police.
He also threatened them to give less marks in the examinations, the protesters claimed.
‘I told them, if anyone tried to obstruct my way, I would call police,’ said Jamal Uddin when contacted.
From a press conference at Madhu’s canteen, Student against Repression, a platform of general students, leader Abu Raihan Khan also protested at university’s latest move to off-limit the university to the outsiders.
He also demanded unconditional release of imprisoned quota protesters and punishment of BCL attackers. 

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