Demanding the immediate removal of Jahangirnagar University (JU) vice-chancellor, protesters yesterday issued an eight-day ultimatum to open all dormitories for a safe educational environment.
“If the university authorities wouldn’t do it, then we would begin tougher movements from November 22. Within this time, the VC can’t take part in any policy making activities. If she does, we would resist,” said, Prof Rayhan Rhyne, convener and one of the organisers of “Jahangirnagar Against Corruption”, at a press briefing on the campus.
“We will hold a rally on November 22,” he added.
Meanwhile, the university authorities yesterday filed a General Diary (GD) with Ashulia police station against 5-7 protesting students, including JU Chhatra Union and Chhatra Front presidents, alleging they “threatened to assault the VC”.
JU Chief Security Officer Sudipto Shaheen filed the GD and confirmed it by issuing a press release from the public relations office.
However, the protesters denied the allegation.
As part of their scheduled programme, they brought out a procession on the campus around 1:00pm in front of the new arts building on the campus, followed by a short rally at the premises of the old administrative building.
Addressing the rally, Oliur Sun, vice president of JU’s Bangladesh Chhatra Union, said, “BCL men attacked our peaceful and logical movement and the authorities shut down the university and vacated the halls following the attack, but they couldn’t stop our logical movement”.
“The VC should be removed not only for corruption but also for closing off the campus,” he added.
Saying that the movement was to save the university from corruption, Prof Mohammad Kamrul Ahsan, of the philosophy department, said, “The VC and her cohorts don’t want the university to run smoothly so they shut it down. We have urged the government to investigate the matter and resolve the crisis”.