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JU protests: ‘Evidence of VC’s corruption to be submitted to Ministry of Education’

  • Published at 02:04 am November 9th, 2019
Protesters take out a procession with a painted scroll around the Jahangirnagar University campus yesterday Dhaka Tribune

The evidence includes documents and audio clips related to the corruption allegations against the VC

Although Jahangirnagar University has been closed sine die, protesters continued demonstrations demanding removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam and set out to submit the evidence of corruption to the Education Ministry last night.

Talking to reporters, spokesperson and coordinator of “Jahangirnagar against Corruption” Prof Rayhan Rhyne of philosophy department said: “We have gathered enough evidence of corruption, both financial and administrative, against the VC. We have spoken to the UGC and Education Ministry in this regard. One of our representatives will set out for the capital tonight [last night] with the documents.”

The representative will later submit the documents to Education Ministry’s secretary, he added.

The evidence includes documents and audio clips related to the corruption allegations against the VC, he added.

Students and teachers gathered in front of the old administration building in the afternoon to protest against the corruption allegations against the VC with scroll paintings (Patachitra).

Later, they took out a procession, carrying the scroll, around the campus.

Over the past week, both the education minister and the deputy education minister had urged the protesting teachers and students to submit all their accusations in written form to the authorities, saying steps would be taken against the VC if they were proved.

The students at JU have been demonstrating on campus since August 23, demanding the removal of VC Prof Farzana Islam for her alleged involvement in misappropriation of around Tk1.6 crore from a Tk1,445-crore development project, in collusion with Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders.

The protests intensified over the past two weeks, during which the protesters were also attacked by Chhatra League men once.

Defying JU authorities’ decision to close the university indefinitely and ban mass gatherings on campus, the students and teachers have also been staging sit-in protests in front of the VC’s residence for the past four days.