'A group of anti-government students is conspiring to create an untoward situation'
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) students continued their protest for the second consecutive day on Friday , demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor (VC) Khondoker Nasiruddin.
The students went on hunger strike in front of the university administration building early on Friday and vowed to carry on their strike until the VC resigns.
Reportedly threatened by a pro-VC group of students to withdraw their demonstrations, the protesters paraded an effigy of VC Nasiruddin, chanting slogans seeking his resignation.
Regarding the ongoing student protest, VC Nasiruddin said: “A group of anti-government students is conspiring to create an untoward situation.”
A group of Sachetan Shikkhak Samaj teachers extended support to the students with a 16-point demand to ensure a congenial academic atmosphere on campus, which included ensuring transparent admission procedures and freedom of expression.
The protests began with BSMRSTU authorities issuing an order suspending second-year law student Fatema-tuz-Zinia earlier this month. The university, however, lifted the suspension order on Wednesday night.
Law Department student Zinia, also university correspondent for the Daily Sun newspaper, was suspended for her reportedly objectionable comments about BSMRSTU on Facebook on September 10.
An audio recording of an altercation she had with the BSMRSTU VC, in which the VC was reportedly heard verbally abusing Zinia, went viral on social media.
While university authorities claimed her posts tarnished the university’s image, Zinia said she was suspended because of her reports on irregularities and corruption at BSMRSTU.