The Dhaka University (DU) authorities retracted from its earlier decision of evicting all tea stalls from the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) area on the campus, hours after those were shut down yesterday due to “security and academic issues”.
Tea vendors reopened their stalls in the area after DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani told reporters that the authorities enforced a ban only on the mobile tea-stalls on the campus.
"We only ousted the mobile tea-vendors from the campus as they disrupt the environment but we did not give any order to close the TSC tea stalls,” said Prof Rabbani.
The proctor, however, denied his earlier comment that all makeshift tea stalls have to be closed for ensuring hygienic food, security and a proper environment for education.
“Low-quality tea and food are served in the makeshift shops, which are a threat to public health and security…,” the proctor said earlier.
On Monday, the university's proctorial team ordered all the 10 tea stalls in TSC area to leave without any warning, claimed a number of sellers.
The stalls were not allowed to open the next morning, which lead to widespread criticism on social media.
Tuhin Kanti Das, DU unit president of Chhatra Union, criticised the move and said the decision was “undemocratic”, and was imposed without an alternative.
Earlier, on October 17, the university authorities had asked all the TSC-based socio-cultural organisations to finish their activities by 8:00pm, which also led to controversy.
Some days later, in another decision, the authorities ordered the tea sellers to close their business in TSC area before 8:00pm but could not execute it facing protests.