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12:00 AM, August 04, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 04, 2010

CU Fee Protests

1,446 sued, 20 students sent to jail

Twenty students were sent to jail here yesterday in two separate cases filed in connection with the Monday's violent clash and vandalism at Chittagong University.
Meanwhile, the general students at a press conference in the afternoon demanded resignation of the CU vice-chancellor and vowed to continue the movement until their demands are met.
Police detained over 250 students from CU campus during Monday's clashes and raids at male dormitories.
Of the detainees, 54 students were shown arrested yesterday in two separate cases filed by the university authority and police on Monday night accusing a total of 1,446 named and unnamed students.
The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury sent 20 students to jail when police produced them before it around 5:00pm yesterday. The court also granted bail to other 34 students.
The rest of the detained students were released, as they were not involved in the vandalism, police said.
Of the two cases, CU Deputy Controller of Examinations Chowdhury Amir Md Musa filed one accusing 70 named and over 400 unnamed students on charges of damaging property and vandalism.
SI Abul Kashem lodged the other case accusing 76 named and over 900 unnamed students on charges of attacking police and obstructing them from performing their duties.
Police as well as general students suspect that a third party comprising members from Islami Chhatra Shibir might have instigated the vandalism to create anarchy on the campus.
Contacted, Chittagong Superintendent of Police ZA Morshed said they would investigate whether any third party was involved in Monday's unrest.
Talking to journalists on Monday afternoon, VC Prof Abu Yusuf also expressed his suspicion saying, “The vandalism appears to be carried out in a pre-planned way which indicates the involvement of outsiders.”
The general students in yesterday's press conference alleged that a group favoured by the VC was responsible for Monday's vandalism, saying it was a "conspiracy" to foil their movement against fee hike.
They blamed the CU administration for instigating the general students through resisting their peaceful demonstration.
The students also demanded immediate resignation of the VC and vowed to continue movement to realise their other demands including cancellation of fee hike and expulsion order against a fellow student, withdrawal of all the cases filed so far and release of the arrested students.
CU syndicate, according to its decision on May 22, increased admission, tuition, improvement examination fees with effect from July 1 this year.

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