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DU authorities now say they didn’t ban outsiders

  • Published at 10:16 pm July 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:16 pm July 11th, 2018
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In a press release issued on Wednesday, university authorities also requested the news media not to “incite ominous forces by spreading misleading information.”

Two days after issuing a circular prohibiting outsiders to wander or be on the Dhaka University campus,  in a complete U-turn on Wednesday, authorities of the institution claimed they never said outsiders were prohibited. Instead, university authorities blamed news media for distorting their message.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, university authorities also requested the news media not to “incite ominous forces by spreading misleading information.”

On Monday, university authorities issued the directives of its provost committee meeting, which included a ban on outsiders. This directive drew severe criticism from all walks of society, especially from current and former students of the university.


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In Monday’s directives, it was also stated that university authorities would seek the help of law enforcement agencies to root out outsiders from campus.

In that circular, it had stated that not even the parents or guests can stay at dormitories without permission; and that the authorities would seek the help of law enforcement agencies to root out outsiders in the campus.

DU VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman on Tuesday said university authorities would soon set security check-post at every entrance point of the university to restrict outsiders from entering in the campus in a bid to avoid tension on the university premises.


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The Wednesday’s press release, however, ruled out that the university ever banned “outsiders” and skipped the part that where it said would seek the help of members of law enforcement agencies.

It said: “There are security guards always stationed at the gates. Sometimes the university needs to guide them to develop their skills further and execute their responsibilities effectively. Our current steps are part of such initiatives.”