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BSMRSTU students continue protest

  • Published at 02:36 pm September 24th, 2019
BSMRSTU students continue their protest in front of the administrative building, completely drenched in a 16-long-hour rain on Monday, September 23, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Students demand justice for attack on them

Students of Gopalganj’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) are continuing their hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day. 

The sit-in hunger strike began on September 19, with students demanding the resignation of Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Khondoker Md Nasiruddin.  

Students also sang songs and recited poems against the vice-chancellor.

The students observing the hunger strike said they will not return home until the vice-chancellor resigns.

Meanwhile, Md Humayun Kabir, who resigned from his post of assistant proctor condemning the attack on students, has filed a general diary (GD) with Gopalganj Sadar police station, seeking security. 

Dr Md Bashiruddin, acting proctor of BSMRSTU, said: "We are investigating the matter and will soon resolve the issue by taking actions against the accused."

What caused the protests?

The students started their protests when the BSMRSTU authorities issued an order to suspend second-year law student Fatema-tuz-Zinia earlier this month for her objectionable comments about BSMRSTU on Facebook on September 10.

However, the university lifted the suspension order on September 18 after the news went viral on social media, sparking severe criticism about the university.

On September 20, authorities shut down the university until October 3. 

The university authorities also asked its students to evacuate the halls.

On September 21, at least 20 students were injured in attacks by the vice chancellor’s supporters.

Terrified by the incident, the students strengthened their protest against the vice-chancellor for his resignation.