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JU students postpone 'March to Dhaka'

  • Published at 02:13 pm August 6th, 2018
Jahangirnagar University
File photo of the main gate of Jahangirnagar University Dhaka Tribune

University authorities denied the students a means of transport, citing security reasons

Jahangirnagar University (JU) students have called off their "March to Dhaka" event.

On Sunday, JU students organized the "March to Dhaka" program to express solidarity with the protesters demanding road safety and justice since the deaths of two college students in Dhaka on July 29. 

As part of the event, several hundred students started gathering at the JU Shaheed Minar from around 9am on Monday. They demanded transport services of the university authorities to conduct their march to Shahbagh, in Dhaka, safely.

However, university authorities, including the proctor, denied the students a means of transport, citing security reasons. 

At 12pm, the students called off the event. 

JU Chhatra Union President Nazir Amin confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying: "JU students have cancelled the march due to security concerns, as university authorities did not cooperate with us by providing transport facilities."

Earlier on Sunday, JU students joined protest activities that have been ongoing for the last week – led by students from schools, colleges, and universities – by observing a day-long strike on the campus.

Hundreds of students also led a procession, by torch-light, at night. They presented a seven-point demand alongside the nine-point demand that has been upheld by protesting students. 

JU students also planned to march to Shahbagh in Dhaka today [Monday] from 8am, and leave the area at 5pm.