Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok has compared the attack on the residence of Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor (VC) early Monday with the atrocities committed by Pakistan occupation forces during the 1971 Liberation War.
He made the comparison at a press briefing at the Awami League president’s political office in Dhanmondi Monday afternoon.
“Somebody is trying to create anarchy using the movement demanding quota system reform,” he said.
The VC’s residence was vandalized in the early hours amid clashes between police and demonstrators demading reformation of the quota system in government recruitment tests.
Nanok said: “The attack was preplanned. Attackers not only ransacked the VC’s residence but also broke CCTV cameras and devices to destroy the documents.”
He urged the law enforcers to find the perpetrators.
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Demonstrators vandalized the home of DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzman early Monday Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
"We believe that no student can carry out such attack. The attackers were not students," he alleged.
The Awami League leader urged the protesters to sit with the government to solve the issue.
He also urged them to join talks with Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader at the Secretariat or the Dhanmondi party office.
Nanok said: "After hearing about the protest, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered Obaidul Quader to sit with the protesters to resolve the matter.
“I went to the Dhaka University campus with the proposals at night and we waited for the protesters at the party office since 9am, but they did not come."
However, Nanok said a 20-member delegation of the protesters would meet Obaidul at the Secretariat around 4:30pm.