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Jahangirnagar University students besiege administrative buildings

  • Published at 12:51 pm October 28th, 2018
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Students, along with university correspondents of Jahangirnagar University stage demonstration demanding punishment for those involved in assaulting three fellow studentsDhaka Tribune

They are demanding action against the Chhatra League activists responsible for two campus assaults and harassment on September 24

Students, along with university correspondents of Jahangirnagar University have laid siege to administrative buildings—demanding punishment for those involved in assaulting three fellow students. 

They locked all the entrances to the two buildings, barring staff from going to work, and took up positions there on Sunday morning. 

The university unit’s Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, as well as other organizations, have voiced their solidarity with the protesters. 

On September 24, a group of the university unit’s Bangladesh Chhatra League activists beat up Billal Hossain, a photojournalist of Bangladesh Protidin, and snatched his wallet on the campus. 

The Chhatra League activists also assaulted another student, Mahmudul Haque Sohagh, who works as a university correspondent for Channel I online, as he tried to diffuse the situation between the two parties.  

A female student, who accompanied Sohagh, was also harassed during the time.  

Following the allegations, the university suspended four Chhatra League activists on October 2. 

However, the university correspondents allege that the authorities cancelled the order two days later due to pressure from Chhatra League leaders. 

Dhaka Times university correspondent Raiyan Bin Amin said the authorities suspended four Chhatra League activists but they were not those responsible for the assault. 

The suspension order was withdrawn and the perpetrators have not been punished yet, he said. 

 “We will continue our protest until we get justice,” Raiyan said. 

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