Protests in demand of DUCSU re-election goes on

DU Correspondent | Updated at 12:55am on March 19, 2019

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Dhaka University students bring out a procession on the campus on Monday demanding fresh election to DUCSU. — New Age photo

Student bodies, platforms and individuals that boycotted Dhaka University Central Students’ Union and hall union elections continued their demonstrations on the campus on Monday in demand of re-election and resignation of the vice-chancellor.
They staged a sit-in in front of the vice-chancellors’ office to press their demand.
Protesters also demanded actions against the people who were reportedly involved in rigging during the election and withdrawal of cases filed against protesters.
Earlier on Sunday, the panels that boycotted DUCSU and hall union elections vowed to stage a sit-in.
The protesting panels are Pragatishil Chhatra Oikya, Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, Swatantra Jote, Chhatra Federation, Swadhikar Swatantra Parishad.
Protesters brought out a precession from the premises of Anti-hooliganism Raju Memorial at about 12:00pm and took position in front of the VC office after parading the campus.
The university authorities, however, did not respond or met the protesters.
They have continued their protest after being shrugged off their three-day ultimatum for a fresh election schedule.
The protesters also vowed to boycott classes and exam as part of their protest but most of the classes and examinations were held.
Meanwhile, vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman on Monday claimed that the recent DUCSU elections were more free and fairer than the previous elections.
He claimed this during a meeting with the students, who earlier observed hunger strike for four days demanding re-election to DUCSU.
On Friday night, seven hunger strikers withdrew their protest on assurance that the vice-chancellor would talk with them about the irregularities in the elections.
The meeting was held at the vice-chancellor’s office at about 11:00pm on Monday.