SUST protesters bring out torch procession demanding VC’s resignation
The protesting students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) tonight brought out a procession on the campus to press home their demand — resignation of the university's Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed.
After the seventh consecutive days of their protest and 102 hours of hunger strike, over a thousand students brought out a procession on the campus at 9:30pm, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting the protesters.
The procession marched through all the major thoroughfares of the university including Kilometers road, Golchattar, Chetana Ekattor and ended at Mukta Mancha.
Later, the students burnt the effigy of SUST VC Farid Uddin Ahmed.
Earlier in the evening, the students severed the electricity connection of the VC's official residence.
Besides, SUST Teachers' Association urged the government to take steps regarding the resignation of VC Farid Uddin Ahmed and to meet all demands of the students to refrain them from the hunger strike.
After a meeting of the association, the organisation's President Prof Dr Tulshi Kumar Das briefed the media about their decisions.
They also urged the students not to get involved in any violence and demanded a neutral probe body to investigate the police action on January 16.
Earlier this evening, around 1,000 students held a procession on the SUST campus after 100 hours passed since the beginning of the hunger strike until death was being observed by some students demanding the VC's resignation.
The protesting students today also took position in front of the VC's residence in the afternoon and were only allowing law enforcement and media personnel to enter the house.
Five teachers of the university yesterday held a discussion with Education Ministry Dr Dipu Moni over the ongoing situation at SUST, but the meeting did not solve the crisis over the students' demand for Prof Farid's resignation as SUST VC.
Following this, the students formed a human chain in front of the VC's residence around 4:30 pm today.
"We are being stuck outside and he would be continuing all activities normally, this cannot happen. From today no one can meet the VC or enter his residence," said a spokesperson of the protesting students.
The students then announced at a press briefing that they would disconnect the utilities of the VC's residence if he would not hand over his resignation.