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BSMRSTU students continue protest for 8th consecutive day

  • Published at 02:32 pm September 26th, 2019
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File Photo: Students of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) students stage a demonstration demanding resignation of their Vice-Chancellor on Thursday, September 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The sit-in hunger strike began on September 19

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

The protesting students decided to send a letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman on Thursday, with their demand for the vice-chancellor's resignation.

They students are collecting everyone's signature on the letter since the morning.

Student of Public Administration Department, Rehnuma Tabassum Oishi, said: "As part of the protest activities, we will cover our eyes with black masks from 11am to 1pm. In the evening, we have planned to light candles in protest."

On Wednesday, a five-member probe committee, formed by UGC-- led by committee convener Dr Md Alamgir-- started their investigation. 

The committee talked with the protesters and took their written statements on Thursday morning.

BSMRSTU Registrar Prof Dr Md Nur Uddin Ahmed said later in the day, the committee will meet the teachers and collect their statements.

The protest gained momentum since Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khondoker's made an impertinent remark about the students on Tuesday.

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.