Students of Dhaka University on Monday demanded the removal of the vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Gopalganj alleging that he was applying ‘draconian laws’ in running the university.
They made the demand under the banner Muktijuddho Mancha which formed a human chain at the base of Raju memorial sculpture of Dhaka University.
The protestors also demanded the withdrawal of suspension of the campus-based reporter Fatema Tuz Zinia, a second year student of law department at BSMRSTU and demanded the resignation of BSMRSTU vice-chancellor Professor Khandakar Nasiruddin.
She was suspended on September 10 for posting a status on her Facebook account which, the authorities claimed, tarnished the university’s image.
DU Professor AKM Jamal Uddin, convenor of the mancha, said, ‘The university authorities are trying to warn rest of the students by issuing suspension order to one. In the name of disciplinary actions, the authority is trying to keep their mouths shut and put a stop to constructive criticism.’
He further said that the students have the rights to speak and write about issues at hand, he added.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of BSMRSTU allegedly carried out an attack on Shams Jebin, the university reporter of Daily Alokito Bangladesh, for speaking in favour of Zinia.
He was initially treated at a local hospital in Gopalganj.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Campus Journalists Federation, a platform of campus-based reporters, gave an 48-hour ultimatum to the university authority to withdraw the suspension on Fatema Tuz Zinia.
The platform threatened to go for strong measures if their demand remained unmet.