Students of Chittagong University (CU), in three separate programmes yesterday, demanded that safe transport facilities are ensured for its students, and that the number of shuttle train compartments is increased.
Under the banner of “General Students of CU”, students of different departments formed a human chain at city's Sholoshohor Railway Station at 7:30am where they demanded that employment be provided to Rabiul Alam, a Masters student of Sociology department of CU who lost both his legs under the university's shuttle train on Wednesday morning.
While addressing the programme, the speakers thanked the university administration for promising to bear the medical expenses of the ill-fated student.
Meanwhile, another human chain was formed at the university's Central Shaheed Minar premises at 11:00am, organised by left-leaning student organisations including Chhatra Union and Chhatra Front, demanding an increase in the compartments of the CU shuttle train.
They claimed that though the transport crisis has been a major suffering for many years for students of the university, the decrease of shuttle train compartments in recent times has intensified their woes.
Their other demands include introduction of double rail line from Sholoshohor station to CU campus station, introduction of bus service from university's Gate No. 1 area to Zero Point area, ensuring security in the shuttle trains and appointment of manpower at all stations.
Later, they also staged a sit-in programme at the university's Bangabandhu Chattar.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) unit of CU also formed another human chain at Central Shaheed Minar at 12:30pm with the same demands. Around 500 activists along with a large number of general students took part in the programme.
They threatened to go for tougher programme if their demands are not met, and later brought out a procession to press home their demands.