SUST students announce not to leave hall, demand VC’s resignation
Published: 11:11 AM, 17 January 2022 Updated: 02:44 PM, 17 January 2022
The protesting students - Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The administration of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) announced to close the dormitories indefinitely after a clash between police and protesting students.
However, declaring that no student will leave the residential halls, the students have started a movement demanding the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed.
They alleged that the police carried out the attack on protesting students following the instructions of the Vice-Chancellor (VC).
Earlier at 8:00 pm on Sunday, a decision was made in an emergency syndicate meeting that the university will close for an indefinite period. Students were asked to leave their dormitories by Monday noon.
Several protesting students said they did not agree with the decision to close the university. They are also demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor for bringing police from outside and attacking the students. They will not leave the campus in any way.
The clash took place around 5:30 pm yesterday after police charged truncheons on the protesting students to free the VC, who was confined to the MA Wazed Miah IICT Building on the campus.
The students confined the VC to press home their three-point demand, including the removal of Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury Hall Provost Zafrin Ahmed Liza for her alleged misbehaviour with a student.
During the clash, police also blasted sound grenades and shot rubber bullets, injuring five students critically, claimed the students.
Besides, Prof Anwarul Islam, treasurer of the university, and Prof Zahir Uddin, director of students' welfare, were injured during the clash. Prof Zahir suffered gunshot wounds.
Earlier on Thursday night, students of Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury Hall started demonstrating after Provost Zafrin allegedly misbehaved with a student when she approached her with some issues.
Besides her removal, they also demanded a student-friendly hall provost committee and resolving of mismanagement at the dormitory.
After a failed meeting with the VC on Friday, the students gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the university authorities. After the deadline, they started protesting from 7:00 pm Saturday. On Sunday morning, students called off all classes and exams until their demands are met.