JU students end blockade

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 04 Aug 2017, 14:20:46

Jahangirnagar students end blockade after assurances case will be dropped

Jahangirnagar University students have called off a blockade of the university after receiving assurances that charges of attempted murder and vandalism against protesters will be dropped.

The decision was made following a meeting between representatives of the protesting students and the administration. The meeting began at 5pm on Thursday and ended on 2am on Friday.

“We have reached a reasonable and proper solution to the problem,” Jahangirnagar Deputy Vice Chancellor Amir Hossain said, reports bdnews24.com.

The administration has accepted the demands of the students, said Jahangirnagar Student Union President Imran Nadim.

“They will begin proceedings to withdraw the case and so we will call an end to our protest” he said.

Twenty student representatives attended the meeting.

The administration was represented by Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam, deputy vice chancellors Abul Hossain and Amir Hossain, Treasurer Manzurul Haq, Proctor Topur Kumar Saha and Registrar Abu Bakr Siddique.

Student protesters had blocked Jahangirnagar’s administration building from 8am to 5pm for the past four days, demanding the withdrawal of the case.

On May 26, forty-two student protesters, including 10 women, were detained in ‘violent protests’ over the deaths of marketing student Nazmul Hasan Rana and microbiology student Arafat, who were run over by a bus.

Students were enraged by the university administration's decision to send the bodies of the dead students to the families without funeral prayers on the campus.

Later, the authorities brought charges of attempted murder against 56 students. However, the detainees received bail soon afterwards.

Eight students went on hunger strike on July 15 demanding the withdrawal of the case. Though the vice-chancellor assured them of resolving the matter on the third day of the strike, she did not keep her promise, students alleged. 

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