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Chhatra League attack: DU students submit memorandum to VC

  • Published at 04:25 pm July 17th, 2018
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A delegation of Dhaka University (DU) students under the banner "Students Against Repression"hand over a memorandum of their demands to Vice Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman at his office on Tuesday Dhaka Tribune

Under the banner of "Students Against Repression", a delegation of students handed over the memorandum to press home their demands on Tuesday

A delegation of students from the Dhaka University (DU) has submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor (VC) Md Akhtaruzzaman to press home their demands, on Tuesday.

Under the banner of "Students Against Repression", the delegation handed over the memorandum to the VC in his office at around 1:30pm. 

The students mentioned the names of 14 Bangladesh Chhatra League activists involved with various crimes such as harassment of female students at the TSC premises on Pohela Boishakh, 2015, and attack on quota reformists’ convener Nurul Haque Nur on May 16, 2018, and demanded they be brought to justice.

They also demanded securing a stable and peaceful environment in the DU campus, and the immediate halt on attacks by Chhatra League leaders and activists on teachers and students.

"The attackers are not isolated," one of the students in the delegation addressed the VC. "There are a lot of them in the Chhatra League. If they are not brought to justice - not just temporarily but permanently - you will never secure a stable environment for us."

The delegation was led by Shamantha Sharmin, a student of the Sculpture department of the Department of Fine Arts and convener of Students Against Repression.

In response to their demands, the VC said actions will be taken after the matter has been investigated by a committee. Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani was present with him at that time.

On Monday, students demanded the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman and Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani.

They held a human chain protest at the base of the Anti-terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture at the university's TSC intersection on Monday afternoon protesting Sunday's attack by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists on teachers and students at a rally of the quota reformists.

Several DU teachers also expressed their solidarity by standing with the students in the human chain.

Earlier, Chhatra League activists attacked a quota reformists’ rally, which was going towards the office of the vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU), assaulting students and harassing teachers who accompanied them, on Sunday.

Many eminent DU faculty, including Department of Mass Communication and Journalism Prof Fahmidul Haq, Associate Professor Abdur Razzaque Khan of the same department, Samina Luthfa of Sociology Department, and Associate Professor Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan of International Relations Department, who took part in the human chain, were also attacked.

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