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BCL men trying to ‘occupy’ college canteen

Update : 20 Mar 2014, 07:15 PM

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the students’ front of the ruling party Awami League, are allegedly putting pressure on the authority of Barisal Government Brojo Mohan College to keep college canteens closed, causing sufferings of teachers, students and employees.

Humayun Kabir, who leased the canteen seven years back, alleged that the BCL men wanted to re-take the lease and they are pressuring college authority into handing over the agreement to them.

College sources said tenure of the lease had expired on February this year and since then the college authority had been trying to give lease of the canteen to a suitable person.

 “I duly applied for extending lease as I need at least six months to arrange alternative sources of income.

“But the college authority, pressured by BCL activists, rejected my lease-extension prayer.

“They did not even give me time to remove my furniture and utensils before putting the canteen under lock and key on March 16,” he added.

Nurul Ambia Babu, who led the activists in locking the canteen, said it was not the BCL men, but the college authority which locked the canteen.

He said healthy foods were needed for more than 2,500 students of the college and the previous leaser failed to provide the service properly.

“I am not taking the lease of the canteen. I am helping some people of our organisation so that they could get a lease contract and operate the canteen with new decorations and fresh menus,” Babu added.

Prof Kazi Nazrul Islam, vice principal of the college, acknowledged that college authourity locked the canteen for 15 days after rejecting lease renewal application of the previous leaser. 

He said the canteen had yet not been leased out to anybody. Fresh leasing and opening of the canteen was now under process.

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