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Vice-Chancellor of JahangirnagarUniversity (JU) Prof Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir has refused to resign as demandedby a section of agitating teachers under the banner of 'Shikkok Somaj'.
Meanwhile, JU cultural alliancebrought out a demonstration yesterday demanding the VC's resignation andprotesting the firing on the campus by Bangladesh Chattra League activistsloyal to VC and also known as VC-League on the campus.
The BCL activists in presence ofuniversity proctorial body have beaten up the agitating students for theirmovement against the VC with rod, sticks, iron and different types of sharpweapons leaving at least 15 injured, including president and vice-president ofJU Cultural alliance.
The incident took place in frontof JU Central library led by BCL activists Shaiful Islam Sakil, Ferdaous,Arnob, Mehedi Hasan Samart and Asrafuzzaman Liton. President and Vice-Presidentof JU Cultural alliance Koly Mahmud and Moin Muntasir Kattik were, amongothers, injured.
They were admitted to JU medicalcentre for primary treatment and then they were shifted to the Savar Enam MedicalCollege Hospital.
Demanding exemplary punishment ofthe involved BCL activists, general students along with the cultural activistsbrought out a protest procession on the campus on the banner of 'ShontraserBirudde Jahangirnagar'.
The injured Koly Mahmud, thepresident of JU Cultural alliance, claimed that the BCL activists stabbed themto stop their demonstration with the consent of the VC.
Representatives of 'ShikkokSomaj' also blamed the BCL activists for this and demanded their punishment.
In the evening the JU Culturalalliance brought out a torch procession protesting the attack of BCL activistsand VC's nepotism, irregularities, corruption and partiality in differentsectors of the university.
However, 'Shikkok Somaj' rebuiltthe 'Upacharja Prothakkan Manch' on Saturday in front of registrar buildingwhich was damaged by the BCL activists on Friday.
Without resignation of the VCit's quite impossible to stop our agitation programme and we will oppose all ofthe decision of incumbent authorities, warned Shikkok Somaj.
In the meeting, the Syndicatedecided to restrict all kinds of demonstrations in front of the administrationbuilding and near the residential area on the campus.
It also decided to start summervacation of the university from May 5 that was actually scheduled to begin fromJune 1.
The Syndicate also formed athree-member probe committee to investigate Wednesday evening's assaultincident on the chairman of JU botany department Prof Mohammad Ali Akando byhis some colleagues.
'Shikkok Somaj' and JU culturalstudents alliance belonging to at least ten cultural organizations of thecampus refused the decision of syndicate meeting saying that it was a trick tosave the autocratic VC. The agitating teachers vowed to continue theirdemonstrations to press home their demands for the VC's resignation.
Convener of 'Shikkok Somaj' ProfDr Nasim Akter Hossain said, we are demonstrating to remove autocratic VC as hehas created the present unrest situation himself. JU Teachers Association(JUTA) president Prof AA Mamun said, the VC has been involved in recruitmentbusiness as he had recruited 200 teachers in three years. Most of the teachersrecruited are loyal to him and they were recruited on political grounds, headded.
JUTA Secretary Dr Sharif Uddinsaid, we are trying to save the university by holding protests against suchillegal activities.
Prof Dr Nasim Akter Hossain, ProfMA Matin, Prof ATM Atikur Rahamn, Prof Kamrul Ahsan Titu, Prof Masud Imran,Prof AA Mamun, Prof Mozammel Haque, Shima Haque, Shariff Uddin, Raihan Rain,Jamal Uddin Runu, Abdur Rashid, Aminur Rahaman, Anoarullah Bhuiya, Anisa ParvinJoli, Nayeem Sultan and Mojibul Anam addressed the agitation programme, amongothers.
Representatives of 'ShikkokSomaj' told this correspondent that they would lay a siege to the VC office thewhole night as like the previous day until the VC's resigns while VC-supporterssaid they would protest them during whole night if requires.
JU authorities have deployed over300 police on the campus to ward off any untoward situation considering theoverall tense situation on the campus, acting officer-in-charge of Asulia ThanaBadrul Alam confirmed.