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Barisal University students continue protests demanding VC’s removal

  • Published at 06:58 pm April 10th, 2019
Students of Barisal University block the Barisal-Kuakata Highway to press home their demand for the removal of vice chancellor after his controversial remarks, during a protest on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

They also boycotted all classes and examinations

Barisal University (BU) students have been demonstrating— put up barricades on the Barisal-Patuakhali highway—since Wednesday morning, demanding the vice-chancellor resign.

The agitated students also vowed to continue their protest unit their demands are met.

Meanwhile, communication between Barisal and the Patuakhali, Barguna, and Bhola districts, remained suspended since the morning, causing immense suffering for commuters.

Witnesses said the students took to the streets around 11am after keeping the main gate of the academic building under lock and key. They also boycotted all classes and examinations.

On March 28, the authorities shut down the university, for an indefinite period, amid student protests demanding the withdrawal of the VC for his “offensive” comment made while addressing a campus event marking the 49th Independence Day.

The following day, Prof Imamul Huq expressed sorrow about his comment, saying it was misunderstood by the students.

On March 26, students started demonstrating claiming that the VC arranged the Independence Day event on the campus without inviting students. During the event, the VC reportedly labelled them as sons of Razakars (children of Pakistani collaborators).

However, a meeting of the district administration, teachers, and students decided to reopen the university on Sunday.