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JU teachers, students besiege admin building for 2nd consecutive day

Published : 04 Sep 2019 09:15 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:05 AM

A group of teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) laid a siege to the two administrative buildings of the university for the second consecutive day protesting “unplanned development, corruption by the VC, and endangerment of biodiversity.” Under the banner of “Jahangirnagar against Corruption,” the siege began around 7:30 am on Wednesday and ended at 4:30 pm.

Due to blockade, the administrative programme of the university came to a standstill for another day. Meanwhile, during the siege Pro-VC (administration) Prof Md Amir Hussain and Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Nurul Alam, arrived at the spot to talk to the protestors around 9 am, but they returned as the two parties failed to come to an agreement.

Later, around 10 am, JU Treasurer Prof Sheikh Manzurul Huq spoke to the protestors but it also failed. A protesting student Ashikur Rahman and President of Jahangirnagar Cultural Alliance said, “Our demands are clear. The university administration’s statement on our 3-point demand should also be clear. We will sit for discussions after we understand the authorities’ stance towards our demand.”

ASM Firoz-Ul-Hasan, acting proctor of JU said, “The ongoing crisis can be resolved through discussions; even the Vice-Chancellor wants to sit for a meeting.” “The protesters have been proposed to sit for talks; however, they have placed conditions. We cannot hold a discussion if conditions are placed in advance.”

Prof Jamal Uddin Runu , also a protestors said,“ We have met for various discussions before, but if they make the decisions before any negotiation, then there is no point holding meetings.  Therefore, we have no beliefs in such discussions.”  JU Vice- Chancellor Prof Dr. Farzana Iaslam told Bangladesh Post, “We didn’t chop a single tree without any reason. Some trees must be felled for development works.  This master plan has been formulated by experts and planners at different levels. So, there is no chance to term it ‘unplanned’.”