Students on hunger strike, mayor’s move for ending deadlock

Our Correspondent . Barishal | Published: 00:30, Apr 06,2019 | Updated: 00:32, Apr 06,2019


Students of Barishal University observe token hunger strike demanding removal of the university vice-chancellor on the campus on Friday.— New Age photo

Students of Barishal University observed daylong hunger strike demanding removal of the vice-chancellor of the university on Friday, the tenth day of their agitation since March 27, amid a move from Barishal mayor to end the deadlock.
Barishal mayor Serniabad Sadik Abdullah told journalists that he would talk to the students and university officials to end the deadlock at the university.
He has called a tripartite among the students of the university, members of its syndicate, and Barishal district and divisional administration at 11:00am on Saturday at Barishal Circuit House.
‘We hope that we will reach in an amicable settlement to resume normal academic activities at Barishal University soon by creating congenial atmosphere there, the mayor said.
The university students held a rally on the campus and observed the hunger strike between 10:00am and 6:00pm on Friday.
They said the hunger strike would be resumed for indefinite period if their demand were not met immediately.
Tension at the university began on March 27 after vice-chancellor SM Imamul Haque at a programme of the university’s debating society branded the students as offspring of razakar. Irked by the comment, went on demonstrations demanding removal of the vice-chancellor.
The vice-chancellor on March 28 closed the university for indefinite period and asked the students to vacate halls. The vice-chancellor left Barishal on the day and the students are continuing their agitation staying in the halls ignoring the order to vacate.
Imamul Haque later in statements called on the students to return to their classes as he already regretted his comment or behavior if it hurts anyone.
The students rejected the statement and continued programmes demanding removal of the vice-chancellor.

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