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JU VC: Chhatra League staged a mass uprising

  • Published at 06:34 pm November 5th, 2019
Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam-ju
File photo of Jahangirnagar University Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam Collected

She thanked the student wing of the ruling party for ‘freeing’ her from the protesters who had her confined to her residence

Jahangirnagar University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Farzana Islam has termed the attack on the protesters demanding her removal from her post, allegedly by members of Bangladesh Chhatra League, “mass uprising.”

She also thanked the JU unit of the ruling party’s student front for “freeing” her from the protesters.

“The protesters have been trying to create obstacles for the last three months,” she said at a press conference held at the new administrative building of the university yesterday afternoon. “We have to understand who, how and why anyone is trying to tarnish the university's reputation.”

Claiming that she was being harassed and humiliated based on false allegations, the VC said the protesters have no proof to support their claims of corruption against her. 

“If they can find any proof, I will accept whatever punishment is handed down to me,” she added. 

“The protesters have been continuously feeding misinformation to the media. Now, the time has come for the truth to get out,” she said at the press conference. 

“Today, we have seen a mass uprising,” she said. “I am grateful towards my fellow officials, employees, students, and especially Chhatra League, who took the responsibility to try and stop the protests.”

Farzana asked for cooperation from all levels in order to run the university in a fair manner.  

For the last 11 days, a number of students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University have been demonstrating on the campus under the banner of “Jahangirnagar against Corruption,” demanding VC Farzana’s resignation on allegations of corruption. 

Earlier yesterday, the university was shut down for an indefinite period after 25 people were injured in an alleged attack on the protesters by members of Chhatra League JU unit. 

A group of Chhatra League men, led by JU unit President Jewel Rana, attacked the protesters who were staging a sit-in protest in front of the vice-chancellor's residence around 12pm.

But when asked about the attack, Jewel Rana said there were allegations that there were members of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, among the protesters.  

This correspondent witnessed that the police deployed on the campus did not intervene during the altercation.

Later around 1pm, the VC got out of her residence on her own car, being guarded by police, Chhatra League, and university teachers, officials and employees who were her supporters. 

Under their strict vigil, she visited her office in the old administrative building for a few minutes, before going to the new building where she attended the press conference.