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Ruet BCL demands VC’s removal Locks dormitories, holds procession, besieges admin building File Photo. Star Online ReportBCL men locked the gates of the dormitories of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) on Sunday demanding removal of the vice chancellor.
Sources said the leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the ruling party backed student organisation, had earlier placed a 12-point demand before the vice chancellor. They began calling for the removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Sirajul Karim Chowdhury, as he did not fulfill their demands.
The demands include appointment of new teachers and construction of a full-fledged Central Shaheed Minar on the campus, providing Internet facility to residential halls, preservation and collection of liberation war memories, appointment of a physical instructor for gymnasium, reconstruction of the auditorium and more buses in transport pool and naming of female halls.
Around one hundred BCL men led by its convener Harunur Rashid put the gates of six residential halls under lock and keys at around 7:00am, confining the general students inside the halls, reports our Rajshahi University correspondent.
On information, the VC along with other high-ups of the university rushed in and unlocked the doors to free the students around 9:00am.
Later, BCL men along with the general students of several departments of the university staged demonstrations on the campus demanding removal of the VC.
They also brought out a procession on the campus and besieged the administrative building for one hour to press home their demands.
They also boycotted classes and examinations on the day.
Sources said the students of several departments of the university have been boycotting classes since January.
Following the incident, the university authorities closed the university on January 21 for winter vacation that reopened on Sunday.
Students alleged that the university authorities suddenly declared the vacation to stop their recent movements.
BCL leaders and activists said that they demanded removal of the VC expressing solidarity with the general students, as he failed to fulfill demands of the students.
Earlier on January 17, the students placed a memorandum to the VC to meet their demands within 48 hours and started boycotting classes as the authority did not pay heed to their demands till January 19.
Contacted, Prof Sirajul Karim Chowdhury told this correspondent that the university authorities have taken initiatives to meet their demands gradually.
He also said 'some people' are trying to create anarchy on the campus convincing the general students though the university authority assured them of fulfilling the demands within a very short time.
MD. MOMINUL ISLAM
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