A section of students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) continued besieging the two administrative buildings for the third consecutive day on Thursday also, protesting alleged ‘corruption of the authorities and unplanned development work.’
The protestors started gathering in front of the two administrative buildings and blocked entrances of the two buildings around 8:00am under the banner of “Jahangirnagar Against Corruption.” Around 12 noon, JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam, along with her administration, came to the protestors and they discussed about holding meeting to resolve the issue.
During the blockade, JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Farzana Islam said, “We want to discuss with you. However, to relocate the three dormitories, it is time consuming. A little can be made from the designed place.” Yesterday, the protesters said that they won’t agree to sit with the administration unless there is specific proposal that addresses their demands.
A protestors, Ashikur Rahman, also President Jahangirnagar Cultural Alliance said , “ We will agree to a meeting presided over by an official of the state or of University Grants Commission, but the VC cannot preside over the meeting as the allegations have been brought against her.” Agitated students of JU have been demonstrating on campus since August 23 demanding the relocation of three male students’ dormitories which the authorities planned to construct near Rabindranath Tagore Hall, and a judicial probe into the allegations of corruption.