Students of mass communication and journalism (MCJ) at Dhaka University (DU) have formed a human chain at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture on the campus, protesting an attack on the university’s students by Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Wearing black gags across their mouths, over a hundred students of the department took part in the protest program held on Thursday.
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“Students of the university have every right to go to the vice chancellor’s office to press home their demands, but the VC can never suppress them with the help of a particular student body,” the department’s associate professor Fahmidul Haq told the human chain, without mentioning the pro-Awami League student body’s name.
Speaking on behalf of the participating students, Tarek Hasan, a graduate student of mass communication and journalism, said it was a shock for them to see the Chhatra League men swoop on the protesting students and attack them indiscriminately with iron rods and sticks.
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“We demand the university authorities take immediate actions against the accused offenders.”
The attack was unleashed on Tuesday as the DU students laid siege to VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman’s office, confining him there for around four hours, protesting a previous assault on them by the Chhatra League men and demanding cancellation of the affiliation of seven colleges with the university.
At least 30 students, including some of this department, received severe injuries in the attack. Ten of them are being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and DU Medical Centre.