Protesting felling of trees on the Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University campus, people from all strata of life formed a human chain in Tangail town yesterday.
They said the trees were planted and looked after by Bhashani himself but the university authorities are felling those in name of road expansion.
Protesters brought out a procession in front of Tangail Press Club against alleged corruption by the university vice chancellor.
Family members of Bhasani; teachers and staffers of educational institutions and organisations established by him; leaders and activists of political parties, and locals participated in the events.
They said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked people not to cut trees and plant more to protect the environment, but the university authorities are doing the opposite.
Some 54 trees were being felled, they said.
Laying the university's foundation stone in 1999, the PM had instructed to preserve the institutions established by Bhasani and his memorabilia, said participants.
However, the university authorities as per the VC's direction are not following the PM's direction, they alleged.
The speakers also alleged that VC Dr Md Alauddin embezzled crores of taka from the university's development projects and through illegal recruitment.
They warned of tougher movement if tree felling is not stopped immediately and demanded proper investigation into the alleged corruption by the VC.
Moderated by Mahmudul Haque Shanu, grandson of Bhasani and general secretary of Bhasani Foundation; poet Bulbul Khan Mahbub, president of Bhasani Parishad; Abdur Razzak and Waheduzzaman Moti, president and general secretary of district unit of Communist Party of Bangladesh respectively and Hasrat Khan Bhasani, another grandson of Bhasani and president of NAP (Bhasani), among others, attended the events.
Contacted, VC Alauddin said the trees were being felled to implement an approved masterplan on campus and widen its roads.
New trees will be planted on both sides of the roads, he said, denying the corruption allegations against him.