A group of students of Jagannath University on Monday night dismantled a plaque embossed with the name of former prime minister Khaleda Zia declaring elevation of Jagannath College into a full-fledged university.
Witnesses said that a group of students, known as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League-backed student organisation, dismantled the plaque in front of the university’s administration building at about 10:00pm.
While removing the plaque, Chhatra League activists led by Mithun Barroi also said that the plaque should not be embossed with the name of Khaleda Zia, also chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, as the Sheikh Hasina-led government conducted most of the development works at the university.
Mithun Baroi, former general secretary of the organisation’s psychology department unit at the university, told New Age that a university could not carry the name of a person who misappropriated the money of orphans, still loyal to Pakistani forces and masterminded the August 21 grenade attack.
‘We also demand that the university authorities should remove everything related to Khaleda from the university permanently, he added.
Earlier, on June 8 in 2017, activists of the university unit Chhatra League unit had dismantled the plaque for the first time.
Later, the university authorities restored it following protests by the university unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, BNP-backed student organisation.
The university proctor, Md Mostofa Kamal, told New Age that they would investigate the incident and take action against the perpetrators.
The university unit Chhatra Dal president Rafikul Islam condemned incident and said that they would submit a written complaint with the university vice-chancellor.
‘We will launch a movement if the university authorities do not take necessary steps to re-establish the plaque as soon as possible,’ he added.
In 1868, Jagannath Roy Chowdhury founded a school, which was upgraded to a college in 1884.
On October 20, 2005, during Khaleda Zia-led BNP regime, Jagannath College was turned into a university. Since then, the plaque embossed with the name of Khaleda Zia as the founder of the university, was installed in front of the university administration building.
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