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DU admission seekers continue hunger strike

Update : 16 Nov 2014, 09:08 PM

Dhaka University admission seekers continued their fast-unto-death programme for the fifth consecutive day at the Central Shaheed Minar premises yesterday.

Eight of the participants fell sick at one point while protesters continued chanting slogans in demand of restoration of the previous system that allowed aspirants to appear in the DU intake test twice. They called upon the DU authorities to equalise access to higher education for all.

In the afternoon, they brought out a protest rally from the premises with participation of cultural personality Kamal Lohani, DU Economics Professor MM Akash, Jahangirnagar University Economics Professor Anu Mohammad, Jagannath University Professor Shamoli Shaily and leaders and activists of a number of left leaning student organisations.    

Professor MM Akash said: “Dhaka University authority cannot take such a sudden decision as there has to be a rule to make a rule. DU should implement its latest decision from 2016.”

Among the participants of the hunger strike, 29 fell sick in last four days while six of them were given saline.

Police snatched away a sound system used during yesterday’s rally, alleged the protesting admission seekers.

“We will continue our strike despite  obstacles created by police or DU authority,” said Raju, one of the protesters who passed HSC from Notre Dame College this year.     

However, the DU authorities warned them to leave the spot for the sake of maintaining honour of the Language Monument, in a press release issued on Saturday. DU acting proctor Amzad Ali said: “Defying the High Court’s order, the protesters are continuously disrespecting the Shaheed Minar. They should leave the place immediately.” 

Gonotantrik Bam Morcha Convener Abdus Sattar, Bangladesh Samajtantrik Andolon President Saiful Haque, Gonojagoron Moncho faction convener Imran H Sarker have expressed solidarity with the protesters.

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