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JU unrest: Police to raid residential halls at night

  • Published at 03:15 pm November 6th, 2019
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File photo: Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) close the institution's administrative buildings on Thursday, September 5, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Earlier at 5pm, the protesters took position in front of gate of the VC’s residence

The Provost Committee of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has taken a decision to conduct raids, along with police, at residential halls on Wednesday night to ensure all students leave the campus as directed. 

The decision was taken at a meeting regarding halls activities held around 2pm on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the committee asked the students to vacate the halls by Wednesday afternoon.

The committee’s president Bashir Ahmed said: “We have asked the students to leave the halls by 3:30pm.

“All other activities of the university and halls will remain normal,” he added.

Students bring out a procession at Jahangirnagar University on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneWhile talking about the protest, Bashir told Dhaka Tribune: “We do not have any problem with the ongoing protest in the campus premises. 

“However, the halls need to remain excluded from any kind of violence.”

Why are the JU students protesting?

For the last 13 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 on Tuesday, the university was shut down for an indefinite period after 25 people were injured in an attack on the protesters, allegedly by members of Chhatra League JU unit. 

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

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