Barishal University students continued their protests for the ninth day on Thursday pressing for removal of vice-chancellor SM Imamul Haque.
Agitating students blocked Barishal-Kuakata highway for an hour starting from 11:00am, causing long queues of vehicles on the road.
Protesters held rallies on the campus and on the highway and vowed to continue their movement till the demand was realised.
Hundreds of transport workers queued at both sides of the highway due to the blockade that lasted till 12:00pm on Thursday.
Eventually, when the police intervened and asked the students to withdraw the blockade, the protesters relented and returned to the campus, said Barishal Metropolitan Police commissioner Mosharraf Hossain.
Some of the agitated students cautioned that they would start a hunger strike till death if their demand was not fulfilled soon.
Another student said they would not return to their classes till the resignation of the VC.
In a statement published on BU website, VC Imamul Haque requested the students to return to their classes as he already expressed regret over the incident and said he did not mean to hurt their sentiment.
The BU VC claimed that no such incident occurred at BU campus which would necessitate the resignation of the vice-chancellor. Besides, his resignation was subject to the directive of the chancellor (President) or prime minister of Bangladesh.
BU student agitation began on March 27 of this year and was sparked by a comment the vice-chancellor SM Imamul Haque made during a programme of Debating Society of the university. The VC referred to the students who foiled the tea-party on the Independence Day as ‘Razakarer Bachcha’.
His remark irked the students and they started a protest programme demanding removal of the VC.
VC immediately declared closure of BU for an indefinite period and asked the students to vacate their halls within Thursday before leaving for Dhaka to attend a syndicate meeting.
The students continued with their protest programme and stayed in their halls ignoring the order of the BU authority.
On March 29, the VC expressed regret over his comment, which was rejected by the students and they continued their protest to press home their demand for removal of the VC.
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