Dhaka University teachers belonging to White Panel on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the demand of the provosts of 18 halls of residence to take action against eight of their colleagues for their observation on Dhaka University Central Students Union elections.
‘We are surprised and angry at the demand in provosts committee meeting to punish eight teachers who made observations on DUCSU polls that highlighting the irregularities in the election and demanded cancellation of the polls,’ read a statement, signed by Obaidul Islam, convener of the White Panel, politically leaned towards Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami.
The panel said that the observations made by the teachers on irregularities, including stamping ballot papers the night before the polls were all true.
The authorities did not take any step against those involved with the irregularities rather the provost committee demanded punishment of those who spoke of the irregularities and raised their voice against it, the statement read.
‘We urge the members of provost committee to refrain from such laughable acts and ask the authorities to punish those who tarnished the image of the university by committing irregularities during the election after a fair and neutral investigation,’ it added.
Earlier, Dhaka University’s hall provosts demanded action against the teachers, who voluntarily observed the elections to the DUCSU and hall unions alleging that the teachers ‘prejudiced image of the university’.
They made the demand during a hall provost standing committee meeting held on Monday night with vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair, said a press release from the university.
On March 11, eight teachers of the university in a joint statement demanded cancellation of the elections which were marred by widespread vote irregularities and rigging and urged the university authorities to announce a fresh election schedule.
Four physically challenged students of the university on Wednesday staged a sit-in at Raju Memorial Monument, protesting the alleged attack on Rabiul Islam, a visually impaired student who contested the DUCSU polls independently.
Rabiul alleged that an unknown person assaulted him on Tuesday as he observed hunger strike demanding re-election to DUCSU and hall unions.
‘I was going to room 326 to from my room but a person intercepted me on the corridor. He asked to know whether I observed strike. As I replied yes, the man started punching and kicking me and also hurled abuses towards me,’ Rabiul added.
Rabiul said that there was no other person on the corridor at that time and he could not identify the man as he is blind.
Meanwhile, pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal on Wednesday formed a human chain on the Dhaka University campus demanding re-election DUCSU and hall unions.
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