Dr. Zafar Iqbal breaks students’ strike
SUST students end hunger strike after 7 days
Published: 11:49 AM, 26 January 2022 Updated: 06:46 PM, 26 January 2022
Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal broke the hunger strike of protesting students of SUST; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
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Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, popular writer and former professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), has broken the hunger strike of protesting students, demanding the resignation of the SUST Vice-Chancellor (VC) Farid Uddin Ahmed.
The SUST students broke the hunger strike, which was continued for seven days in a row, on Wednesday morning.
However, the students said their movement for demanding the resignation of the VC Farid Uddin Ahmed will continue.
Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal entered the main gate of the university at around 3:54 am on Tuesday. Then he went to the hunger strike spot at around 4:00 am and spoke to the students. At that time, he was accompanied by his wife Yasmin Haque.
At the time, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal told the students observing the hunger strike program that “life is very precious, don’t waste your life for trivial reasons. You have to live. You have already won. People all over the country have stood up for you. Your demands will be met. The universities of Bangladesh will be fine with your help.”
“I had discussions with a high-level delegation at my resident. They promised that your demands will be met. So, I came without delay. I will not go until breaking your strike,” he added.
Earlier, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal listened to all the complaints and demands of the students. At that time, he told the students, “They wanted an article from me in a commemorative book on the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. I have been given an honorarium of Tk 10,000 from the Prime Minister’s Office for that writing. I brought that honorary money. I am giving this money to the fund of this movement. You keep it. Now, let them arrest me if they can.”
Later, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal handed over Tk 10,000 to the protesting students. At the time, he lamented that the closure of medical services for protesting students was “extremely inhumane”.
On January 13, hundreds of female students of SUST’s Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury Hall started protesting demanding three points including the resignation of hall provost, Zafrin Ahmed Liza, alleging misconduct.
The movement later turned into a demand for the resignation of SUST VC Farid Uddin Ahmed. As the demand was not met, 24 students went on a hunger strike in front of the VC’s residence from 3 pm on January 19.