The Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) has criticized the students who were involved in besieging the Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor in his office last week.
In what appeared to be an expression of support to Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, DUTA formed a human chain around the Aparajeyo Bangla yesterday.
Addressing the program, DUTA President Prof ASM Maksud Kamal termed the students' act as misconduct with the vice-chancellor.
“It is not acceptable when students confine the vice-chancellor of the university. At the same time, the attack on the students by the activists of one student organization is not acceptable either,” Maksud said.
He, however, did not mention the name of the particular students organization involved in the attack.
The DUTA president also mentioned that a vested quarter had been trying to create anarchy on the campus.
“A vested quarter is hatching conspiracy to destabilize the whole country by creating anarchy on the Dhaka University campus. Such incidents have been taking place over the last few days as parts of the conspiracy.”
On January 23, over 100 demonstrators, including leftist student leaders, confined the Prof Akhtaruzzaman in his office in protest of a previous assault on them by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.
According to witnesses, some Chhatra League men again sprung to action to escort the vice-chancellor away – punching, slapping, kicking and beating up demonstrators with iron rods in the process.
At least 30 students were hurt in the attack, with 10 of them undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and DU Medical Centre for severe injuries.
Meanwhile, students under the banner “Students Against Repression” brought out a procession on the campus yesterday expressing solidarity with the student strike called by Progressive Students Alliance in all education institutions across the country today.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Progressive Students Alliance also brought out separate processions on the campus protesting the attack on students.