“Living cost at the mess is high, but poor quality food is served there,,” said a student.
Education of 250 students at Kushtia Polytechnic Institute is seriously hampered, as two residential halls have remained closed after a clash between two BCL rival groups in September.
Some students of the institution told the Dhaka Tribune that Bangladesh Chhatra League members of Lalon Shah and Mir Mosharraf Hossen halls got locked in a deadly clash on September 28, leaving a number of students critically injured.
After the incident, the authorities declared the halls closed for indefinite period and ordered the students to vacant room soon.
Suithomai Marma, a student of Lalon Shah, said: “Now I am staying at a mess in Aruapara area.”
“I have to live with eight other persons at the mess and my education is being seriously hampered as the environment of the room is not favourable for studies,” he added.
“Living cost at the mess is high, but poor quality food is served there,,” he also said.
Kashed Ali, another student of the hall, said: “After the clash, many students like us had to take shelter at several messes, but the BCL cadres who committed the crime, are roaming on the campus freely.”
“Living at messes, we have to face many problems, including lack of books, note sheets as we cannot do library work regularly,,” he added.
Nahidul Karim, a fourth year student, said he had to come from Chuadanga everyday by train as he had no ability to stay at mess.
“I get up early in the morning and get on the train around 5am. I have to return to home in the evening,” he added.
Many student of the two halls echoed the voices of Kashed, Nahidul and Suithomai.
Imran Hossain, BCL president of Lalon Shah Hall, said they had held meeting with the hall authorities several times and requested them to open the two halls as the situation became normal and peaceful.
Nuruzzaman, principal of the institution, said: “We want to open the halls but local Awami League leaders asked us not to open it now sensing the adverse situation.”