Protests for punishment of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists for attacks on quota reform protesters, including teachers, at Central Shaheed Minar intensified at Dhaka and Jahangirnagar universities on Wednesday.
More students’ boycotted classes on Wednesday at the two prime universities demanding punishment of attackers from ruling Awami League-backed student organisation Chhatra League, immediate release of arrested quota reform protesters and reform of quota in the public service recruitment.
The Dhaka University authority asked the probe committee, headed by university pro vice-chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad formed on July 5 to investigate chaos centring Chattra League attacks on students on June 30, to probe Sunday’s attacks on quota reform protesters, including teachers, at the Central Shaheed Minar.
‘We urged the committee to probe recent incidents and submit report as soon as possible,’ Dhaka University proctor Golam Rabbani told New Age on Wednesday.
Dhaka University general students formed a human chain at Central Shaheed Minar and teachers and students of history department held similar protests in front of arts faculty building while students boycotted classes at 20 departments.
Students of five departments of Jahangirnagar University formed human chains at places of the campus while students of 15 departments boycotted classes.
Chhatra League activists
on Sunday pushed and verbally abused Dhaka University mass communication and journalism department professor Fahmidul Haq, associate professor Abdur Razzaque Khan, international relations associate professor Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan, economics assistant professor Rushad Faridi when they were going to take part in a post-human chain procession at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
Addressing the human chain at Shaheed Minar on Wednesday, economics assistant professor Rushad Faridi said that Chhatra League established a reign of terror on the campuses and the university authorities failed to ensure security on the campus.
Sociology student Nahid Islam said that neither the students nor the teachers were safe on the campus.
‘Our fellow Mashiur was picked up from hall and handed over to police for involvement in quota reform movement. Why he is languishing in jail for waging a movement which is not illegal,’ he said.
Addressing the human chain at the arts faculty building, history professor Mohammad Abul Kawser urged the government to take necessary steps to consider the rational demand of the students.
Students said that at least 20 departments, up from Tuesday’s 15, boycotted classes on Wednesday.
New Age Jahangirnagar University correspondent reported that students botany, anthropology, mathematics, physics and chemistry departments formed human chains at places on the campus and boycotted classes.
Students of anthropology and mathematics departments formed the human chin on the Amar Ekushey premises while physics, chemistry and botany departments formed human chains in front of their departments.
Addressing human chain organised by mathematics department, Abu Sayed, coordinator of JU unit quota reform protests, said, ‘Though photograph and video of attackers were published in different media and newspapers, the law enforcement agency took no action rather they captured quota reform leaders.’
Students of at least 15 departments, up from Tuesday’s 8, boycotted classes on Wednesday demanding the punishment of the attackers and reform of quota system.
Students of philosophy, government and politics, accounting and information, zoology, physics, finance alongside students of the five departments that held human chains boycotted the classes.
Women rights group Naripokkho in a statement said that they were aggrieved, scared and ashamed of Chhatra League’s barbaric attacks on protesting students and teachers and attempted character assassination of female quota reform protestors.
National Committee against Fascism and Imperialism in a statement demanded reform of quota in government jobs, release of arrested quota reform protestors and punishment of attackers on students and teachers.
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