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BSMRSTU students continue protest for 7th day

  • Published at 05:30 am September 25th, 2019
File photo of BSMRSTU students continue their protest in front of the administrative building, completely drenched in a 16-long-hour rain on Monday, September 23, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The protesting students placed themselves near the university's administration building

Students of Gopalganj’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) are continuing their hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day.

The sit-in hunger strike began on September 19, with students demanding the resignation of Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Khondoker Md Nasiruddin, and is still on till Wednesday. 

The students observing the hunger strike placed themselves near the university's administration building, saying that they will not return home until the vice-chancellor resigns.

Meanwhile, the protest has gained momentum since the Prof Dr Khondoker's impertinent remarks about the students on Tuesday.

File photo of an effigy of BSMRSTU VC Khondoker Nasiruddin made by student protesters during their demo on Friday, September 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Md Al Galib, student of Mathematics department, said: "We have chalked out a protest program for Wednesday, demonstrating against the impolite remarks that the vice-chancellor made against the students.

"We have planned to hold a press conference, a broom procession and a human chain on campus."

BSMRSTU Registrar Prof Dr Md Nur Uddin Ahmed assured that the five-member probe committee formed by University Grants Commission (UGC) will start their investigation on the matter from Wednesday.

What caused the protests?

The students started their protests when the BSMRSTU authorities issued an order to suspend second-year law student Fatema-tuz-Zinia earlier this month, for her supposedly objectionable comments about BSMRSTU on Facebook on September 10.

However, the university lifted the suspension order on September 18, after the news went viral on social media and sparked severe criticism about the university.

On September 20, authorities shut down the university until October 3. The university authorities also asked its students to evacuate the halls.

On September 21, at least 20 students of BSMRSTU in Gopalganj were injured in attacks by the vice chancellor’s supporters.

Terrified by the incident, the students strengthened their protest against the vice-chancellor and demanded his resignation.

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