The agitating employees locked the main gate of the administrative building, held rallies, and sit-in protests in front of the building for the third consecutive day on Wednesday
Workers and employees of Begum Rokeya University (BRU) in Rangpur have been continuing an indefinite strike since Sunday based on their four-point demands including immediate disbursement of their salaries which is due for over 44 months.
The agitating employees locked the main gate of the administrative building, held rallies, and sit-in protests in front of the building for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
They also protested the appointment of Assistant Proctor Atiur Rahman as the new Proctor, said Masum Khan, General Secretary of the employees' association.
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, a group of students of Journalism and Mass Communication department, including some outsiders, led by Assistant Professor Tabiur Rahman, swooped on the protesters, and beat them up, injuring at least 10, he said.
"Instead of taking any action over the incident, the university authorities suspended Proctor Faridul Islam, and promoted his assistant to the post," he said, adding: "Moreover, all sort of movements by the employees have been restricted in the campus."
Meanwhile, due to the blockade, no officials could enter the administrative building. Vice-Chancellor (VC) Nazmul Ahsan Kalim Ullah, and Registrar Abu Hannah Mostafa Kamal were also not present in their respective offices. As a result, all sorts of administrative activities came to a standstill.