DUCSU polls: Ruqayyah Hall girls withdraw hunger strike

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 09:57, Mar 15,2019


Five female students of Dhaka University's Ruqayyah Hall, who went on a fast unto death over their four-point demand, withdrew their strike on Thursday night, threatening to resume it if their demands are not met by one day.

The five students - Saida Afrin Safi, Rafia Sultana, Srabani Shafique Dipti, Joyonti Reza and Pramik Esha -- called off their hunger strike at around 10:00pm following discussions with DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani, Ruqayyah Hall provost Zeenat Huda, DUCSU VP-elect Nurul Haq Nuru, BCL general secretary Golam Rabbani and its DU unit general secretary MdSaddam Hussain.

‘We've given them (DU authorities) a one-day ultimatum to meet our four-point demand after they requested us to go back to the hall, and promised to discuss our demands,’ said Dipti.

On Wednesday night, they began a fast unto death demanding the resignation of Ruqayyah Hall Provost Professor Zeenat Huda, re-election to DUCSU and hall unions, ensuring security of the protesting girls and withdrawal of all cases filed against the independent candidates and their supporters, including the DUCSU VP-elect.

Meanwhile, four candidates of the opposition panel along with a general student who began a hunger strike at the Raju Sculpture on the campus on Tuesday afternoon demanding fresh election to the DUCSU continued their strike.

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