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DU human chain protests assault on students during quota reform movement

  • Published at 07:40 pm April 14th, 2018
DU human chain protests assault on students during quota reform movement
  A group of students formed a human chain at the base of Raju memorial sculpture at Dhaka University, protesting attacks on students during a recent movement seeking reforms to quota scheme in government jobs. Manob, a student of the university and the convener of the human chain, said: “We formed the human chain to register our protest of the attacks on students and demonstrators during the movement. “We don't know what will be the ultimate outcome of the movement, but no one is talking about what happened to the demonstrators during the movement."
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He further said: "We formed this human chain to remind people of the issue as well as the university administration’s decision about Chattra League leader Isha so that it doesn't fade away with the Pohela Baishakh celebration." A student, Arshadul Haque, said:  “At first, the authorities expelled Isha from the university saying she was guilty, but they backtracked on their decision within 48 hours. “Such a decision of the university is enough for students to lose their trust in the authorities and their activities.”
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Making a U-turn, Bangladesh Chhatra League on Friday reinstated its DU Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president Iffat Jahan Isha just 48 hours after expelling her, who allegedly assaulted three female students for taking part in demonstrations seeking quota reforms. The pro-Awami League student body said it found Isha "innocent" in its investigation. Not only Chhatra League, but DU Vice-chancellor VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, who expelled her from the university and the hall, also changed his tone. "She [Isha] will not only get back her studentship, but also be rewarded,” Akhtaruzzaman said. "We cannot do injustice to any student." The VC further said the allegation that the Chhatra League leader cut tendons of a female student was not proven.