Protestors demand release of detained quota reform leaders
Around 400 students of Dhaka University formed a human chain at Central Shaheed Minar, protesting recent attacks on students and teachers of different universities.
The students, under a banner stating “All combined departments,” formed the human chain on Wednesday.
They demanded that the detained quota reform leaders be released, and the attackers be given deterring punishment.
They also demanded that safety be ensured on all campuses, including that of Dhaka University.
While addressing the program, Nahid Islam, a student of DU’s Sociology Department, said: “Neither the students nor the teachers are safe on the campus.
“Our fellow Mashiur was picked up from the hall and handed over to police for getting involved with quota reform movement. Why does he have to stay in jail? The movement was not illegal.”
He said: “University authorities have failed to provide us with safety and security. We urge the government to release the quota movement leaders unconditionally— including Mashiur.”
Rushad Faridi, assistant professor of the Economics Department of DU, said: “I have come here to stand by the general students as the authorities have failed to ensure a safe campus environment.”
Meanwhile, students and teachers of Dhaka University’s History Department formed a human chain at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla, on the campus, protesting the assault of a fellow student.
Tanjir Hossain Sarker, a master’s student of the department, was among the teachers and students who were allegedly assaulted by Chhatra League on Sunday while protesting the arrest of quota reform activists.
Teachers and students of the department condemned the assault—as well as the role played by the university authorities.
While addressing the program, Professor Mohammad Abul Kawser, of the department, urged the government to take necessary steps to consider the reasonable demands of the students.