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JU protesters threaten to besiege syndicate building

  • A syndicate meeting likely to be held on Wednesday
  • Protests also reported at Dhaka University
  • Netizens remained strongly critical of the incident
Update : 06 Feb 2024, 11:59 PM

Demonstrations by Jahangirnagar University (JU) students and teachers continued on Tuesday over the recent rape of a woman on the university campus, with protesters threatening to lay siege to the syndicate building if their demands are not met.   

Leaders and activists of some left-leaning student bodies brought out a protest procession from the university’s Paribahan Chattar at around 6:45pm. 

The march covered several strategic points of the campus before ending at the Chattar, where they held a rally. 

Addressing the rally, they demanded the highest and speedy punishment of all the accused in the case filed over the rape.

They also demanded that separate committees be formed to probe allegations of the Meer Mosharraf Hossain Hall and Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall authorities helping the accused to flee; all nonstudents be driven out of the campus and an effective anti-sexual repression cell be formed. 

Protests erupted late on Saturday night soon after news broke of the woman being raped by a Chhatra League leader in an area adjoining Meer Mosharraf Hossain Hall.

Protests were also reported at Dhaka University while netizens remained strongly critical of the incident.  

In the afternoon on Tuesday, a two-member convening committee of the Nipiron Birodhi Mancha was formed at the New Arts Building at JU.

The Mancha, too, raised several demands including the resignations of the JU proctor and the Meer Mosharraf Hossain Hall provost, and exemplary punishment of the accused.  

Before that, members of the Mancha formed a human chain on the JU Shaheed Minar premises.  

The JU authorities are expected to hold a syndicate meeting on Wednesday.

If the aforementioned demands are not fulfilled, the protesters warned of laying siege to the syndicate building. 

Meanwhile, the leaders and activists of the Chhatra League brought out a silent procession from the Paribahan Chattar around 1:30pm and concluded at the  Shaheed Minar, demanding exemplary punishment for those involved in the incident.

The prime accused, Mostafizur Rahman, a student of the 45th batch of the International Relations Department of JU and the Chhatra League’s international affairs secretary of the university’s Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall unit, was arrested early on Sunday. He and three of his accomplices were put on remand later in the day. Two more accused have been on the run. 

Amid raging protests, the JU unit Chhatra League expelled Mostafizur on Sunday.

The certificates of six students, including Moatafizur, have been revoked. 

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