The students were staging a sit-in demonstration demanding release of a fellow student Md Mashiur Rahman, a joint convener of quota reform movement.
A professor of Dhaka University’s Sociology Department has allegedly threatened to call police if students “attempt to obstruct him from taking classes and create any problem at the department.”
Prof AKM Jamal Uddin issued the threat to the students of his department on Wednesday as they were staging a sit-in demonstration demanding release of a fellow student Md Mashiur Rahman, a joint convener of quota reform movement.
Mashiur, a second year student from the department, was handed over to Shahbagh police by members of Mastarda Surja Sen Hall Chhatra League Unit of the university. He was put on a two-day remand by a Dhaka court in connection with the DU VC residence vandalism case.
The students took position in front of Sociology Department at around 9am and chanted slogans demanding Mashiur's release and punishment to his assaulters.
At one stage, Prof Jamal appeared there and requested the students to leave the place. But students continued their protest.
"Prof Jamal took our photo and threatened to call police if we don't leave the place. We will not attend the classes and exams until our friend Mashiur is released," a student of Sociology Department said.
When contacted, Professor Jamal said: "I told them [protesting students], if anyone tries to obstruct my walking route, I will call police."
Students eventually left the corridors of the department after receiving assurance from the department Chairman Professor Nehal Karim of handling the matter within two working days.
Meanwhile, more than 300 students of Science Faculty of DU formed a human chain in front of Mokarram Bhanban demanding safe campus.
Earlier, on Thursday Sociology department teachers and students formed human chain demanding unconditional release of Mashiur.