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BracU students accept probe committee; protest to continue

  • Published at 06:31 am August 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:41 am August 3rd, 2017
BracU students accept probe committee; protest to continue
The agitating students of Brac University have accepted the probe committee formed by the authorities to investigate the allegations brought by a former School of Law lecturer against the registrar and two other officials of the university. According to Brac University website, the administration and the students agreed on the selection of the fifth member of the committee—Maimuna Syed Ahmed, a law department student as a student representative and the committee will start working from Thursday. “We have accepted the probe committee and selected a student representative to work with the committee,” a law department student told the Dhaka Tribune. “Our movement, however, will continue demanding the removal of the assaulters who launched an attack on students and harassed two female students on Tuesday evening,” he added.
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Several hundreds of students gathered in front of the university on Thursday morning and demonstrating for the fifth consecutive day. On the other hand, the executive committee of the BRAC University Alumni Association has expressed solidarity with the students’ protest and stands for justice. Sabbir Ahmed, an alumnus of the university told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have fixed three agendas to present before the vice-chancellor. The agendas are the registrar and two other officials should resign or be terminated, harassment or assault on students (calling up their parents and threatening to cancel their scholarships etc) to be addressed and the responsible individuals to be punished, and withdrawing all allegations against Farhaan.”
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Responding to the students’ demands, the university formed a five-member investigation committee on Tuesday. The committee includes Prof AFM Yusuf Haider, former pro vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, former head of DU English department, Prof Afsan Chowdhury of Brac and Tajdin Hasan, president of Brac University Alumni Association. Former teacher Farhaan Uddin Ahmed was allegedly assaulted by Registrar Maj Gen (retd) Muhammad Sahool Afzal, Assistant Registrar Md Mahi Uddin and Senior Officer of Co-Curricular Activities Jabed Rasel, according to a case filed with Banani police on July 30. The news of the assault sparked an outrage among Brac University students who have been protesting since Sunday.
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