QUOTA REFORM MOVEMENT

Teachers for punishment of attackers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:35, Jul 19,2018 | Updated: 23:39, Jul 19,2018

 
 

Teachers opposing torture and abuse in public universities bring out a procession on Dhaka University campus on Thursday to step up their demands. — Sourav Lasker

A group of teachers of four public universities said Thursday that an evil alliance formed by university authorities, law enforcement agencies and Bangladesh Chattra League had declared a war against common students.
They said the ‘evil force’ had established a reign of terror on the campuses.
Speaking at a solidarity rally organized by Teachers Against Repression at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla on the Dhaka University campus they protested against recent attacks on students and teachers across the country during their quota reform movement.
The teachers demanded punishment of the attackers.
At least 70 teachers of DU, Jahangirnagar University, Jagannath University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and hundreds DU students took part in the rally.
On the campus of Chittagong University, BCL men foiled a demonstration of students and the teachers by beating up the participants and snatching away their banners.
Speaking at the solidarity rally on the DU campus, Jahangirnagar University economics professor Anu Muhammad said that the
common students who rallied behind a logical demand were the main target of the evil alliance.
Anu said that the common students in the quota reform movement were logically and ethically right to raise their voice against discriminations.
But the government was harassing the quota reform protesters illegally by arresting them without warrants and taking them on remand, he said.
Anu said that quota reform movement leaders were shown arrested allegedly for vandalizing the DU vice chancellor’s official residence though the DU authorities said that no university student was involved with the incident.
He said that the co-ordinated attacks on the VC’s residence in April clearly showed that it was a sabotage to derail the quota reform movement.
Chaired by DU mass communication and journalism professor Geeti Ara Nasrin, the rally was moderated by DU international relations teacher Tanzimuddin Khan.
Tanzim and two other teachers and many students were assaulted by BCL men during a protest rally held at the Central Shaheed Minar on Sunday.
Speaking at the rally, DU economics professor MM Akash said that several public universities were seeing dual administration one of which was being run by people who were torturing common students.
He said that if any university administration fails to provide security to teachers and students, they should immediately resign.
BUET teacher Hasibur Rahman said that the authorities of a public university had imposed abortive restrictions on entry of ‘outsiders’ on the campus to suppress the quota reform movement.
The Teachers Against Repression demanded punishment of the attackers, withdrawal of cases against the protesters and their unconditional release, ending harassment of the protesters, bringing sexual assaulters of female students during the protest to justice, fulfilling the pledge to logically reform the quota system and holding student union elections at universities and colleges across the country.
Geeti Ara Nasrin announced that on July 23, the TAR would hold a cultural function at Battola on the DU Arts Faculty campus in protest against repression of students.
DU history professor Ahmed Kamal, assistant economics professor Rushad Faridi, professor CR Abrar and Akmal Hussain of international relations, professor Fahmidul Haq and associate professor Abdur Razzak Khan of Mass Communication and Journalism, assistant professor Samina Luthfa of sociology, associate professor Mojubur Rahman of Institute of Education and Research of DU, among others, took part in the rally.
The rally over, students and teachers took out a silent procession from Aparajeyo Bangla and trekked across the campus.
New Age Staff Correspondent in Chittagong reported that BCL men on Thursday attacked common students of Chittagong University and snatched away their banners to foil the demonstration of students and teachers.
Common students of CU were protesting against the actions taken against two teachers of the university by BCL men after the teachers expressed their support for the quota reform movement.
The students of sociology department organized the human chain in front of Sociology Faculty, Chittagong University.
As soon as the demonstration started, BCL men snatched away the banner of the human chain and beat the students who were protesting in the human chain.
The attackers beat up a student near Dean’s Building mercilessly, said Anwar Hossain, convener of Chittagong Unit of Bangladesh General Students Right’s protection Council.
BCL men alleged that speakers and participants at the rally were speaking against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On July 17, Chhatra League submitted a memorandum to CU vice-chancellor against assistant professor of sociology Maidul Islam, and assistant professor of journalism Khandakar Ali Al Raji after they posted a status on Facebook supporting the quota reform movement.
BCL declared the two teachers persona non grata.  

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