Protesters burn effigy of Jahangirnagar University VC

JU Correspondent | Published: 19:37, Oct 20,2019 | Updated: 02:35, Oct 21,2019


Jahangirnagar University teachers and students pushing for removal of vice-chancellor Farzana Islam burnt her effigy at the end of a procession at the university Shaheed Minar at Savar in Dhaka on Sunday.

The procession Jahangirnagar against Corruption, a platform of the university teachers and students protesting against corruption, mismanagement and swindling inside the university administration, began its procession from the front of Social Science faculty building and ended at a rally at the memorial.

Addressing the rally, philosophy teacher Rayhan Rhyne said, ‘We boycotted the vice-chancellor but she is still in her post and doing her job. We submitted a petition to the chancellor, but, unfortunately, that was not answered. So, we had to prefer the hard line.’

Environmental sciences teacher Khabir Uddin said, ‘Burning the effigy of a vice-chancellor is painful for us, but she is a corrupt vice-chancellor. I urge her to give up her post and save the university.’

Bangladesh Students’ Union general secretary Ariful Islam said Farzana Islam should stop her office works as the teachers, students and officials wanted her to quit.

Among others, teachers Abdul Jabbar, Jamal Uddin Runu, Anawar Ullah Bhuyia, Najmul Hasan Talukder, and Tareq Reza were present at the rally.

Later they burned the effigy and chanted slogans.

Protesters resumed their demonstration on October 15 after Puja holidays.

Students started protests on August 23 demanding a judicial inquiry into the reported involvement of the vice-chancellor and her family in corruption and misappropriation of Tk 1445 crore development fund.

Vice-chancellor Farzana Islam, however, denied her connection with the allegation that she had secretly paid commission to the Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders to ease swindling of money from Tk 1.4 crore development works.

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