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BSMRSTU students confine teachers and staffs

  • Published at 09:22 pm March 9th, 2020
Students protest at Bangabandhu Science and Technology University on Monday, March 9, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The teachers and staff remained confined until 8:30 pm

Students protesting at Bangabandhu Science and Technology University confined 30 teachers and university officials for six hours after one of them reportedly called the protesters members of Jamaat-Shibir.

Students of the history department were observing a fast-unto-death on Monday afternoon demanding approval from the University Grants Commission for their department when the incident occurred.

Teachers and staff were at a meeting in Jagadish Chandra Bose Academic Building when the department's students locked the meeting room, confining them inside around 2:30pm.

The teachers and staff remained confined until 8:30 pm.

Karimul Haque, a third year student of the history department, said: "Accounting officer Walid Miah called us Jamaat-Shibir. To protest the incident and for a swift approval for our department we have confined 30 people, including the vice chancellor (acting)."

For his part, Walid Miah said: "I haven't called anyone Jamaat-Shibir. We want to organize programs of Mujib Borsho at the university but students have locked various administrative offices. I have said the agenda of Jamaat Shibir will be actualized if we can't properly organize the programs of Mujib Borsho."

Prof Dr Khondoker Naisruddin, former VC of the university, inaugurated the Department of History in 2017 under the Bangabandhu Institute of Liberation War and Bangladesh Studies at BSMRSTU, without taking any approval from the UGC.

Earlier on February 6, the university authorities decided not to admit any new students in the department, which led to a protest the same day.

Academic and administrative activities, including classes and exams, of all the departments came to a halt when the students put the administrative and academic buildings under lock and key.