Vice-chancellor (VC) of Barishal University (BU), Dr SM Imamul Huq, sent a letter to the manager of BU Sonali Bank yesterday, instructing him to stop payments into two accounts which were used for paying salaries and benefits to teachers and employees who showed support in the students’ movement demanding removal of Prof Huq from the post of VC.
Debashish Chowdhury, manager of the bank acknowledged that they received this instruction via e-mail on April 16.
Abu Zafar Mia, secretary of BU teachers’ association confirmed the purpose of the two accounts. He added that the VC should not be able to issue this instruction as he went on leave on April 11.
Meanwhile, the deadlock situation at the university continued for the 24th day yesterday, as students, teachers and employees demonstrated for removal of the VC.
They organised a human chain and rally under the banner of Bishwabidyalay Poribar at 11am in front of the academic building. Abu Zafar Mia conducted the programme, while Sardar Kaosar Ahmed and Arif Hossain, leaders of third and fourth grade employee associations also spoke.
BU teachers declared their solidarity with the students’ demand on April 10, through a daily two-hour sit-in movement. They also declared an eight-point demand which includes removing irregularities in employment, promotion and benefits.
The university’s employee welfare association also made demands for more transparent recruitment and promotion process.
All sides have shown support to the demand of SM Imamul Huq’s removal from the post of VC.