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Protest at JU to continue until 3 demands are met

  • Published at 04:12 am November 28th, 2019
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File photo: Students of Jahangirnagar university protest in front of the National museum at Shahagh in Dhaka on Saturday, November 23, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The procession ended in Murad Square after a brief rally in front of the VC’s residence on campus

A section of students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Wednesday continued their protest, reiterating their three-point charter of demands, including the removal of Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Farzana Islam over allegations of corruption.

Around 1pm on Wednesday, protesters started a procession from Murad Square, adjacent to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, under the platform “Jahangirnagar against Corruption.”

The procession ended in Murad Square after a brief rally in front of the VC’s residence on campus.

During the rally, the platform’s spokesperson and coordinator Prof Rayhan Rhyne said: "We will continue our protest until our three demands, announced on November 25, are met."

Prof Rhyne, a teacher of the Philosophy Department, also announced that they on December 3 will publish a list of corruption in which the VC was involved.

Bangla Department teacher Prof Tarek Reza said: "We want a Farzana-free campus. She should be punished for her actions and removed from the post of VC."

Bangladesh Chhatra Union's JU unit Executive Member Rakibul Islam Roni said: "The current JU authority is ruining thousands of students' lives."

Sushmita Mariam, president of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front's JU unit, said: "It is easier to prove innocence than guilt over corruption allegations. Instead of proving her innocence, the VC has chosen to shut down the university. If you [VC] are not guilty, then prove your innocence."

The protesters’ three demands are: removal of VC Farzana to ensure stable environment at JU; punishment of those from Bangladesh Chhatra League who carried out the November 5 attack and those who backed them; and reopen the university and dormitories and continue the admission process on campus.