DU authorities yet to visit hunger strikers demanding reelection
None of Dhaka University (DU) authorities is yet to visit the students who went on hunger strike since Tuesday despite two of them fell sick on Friday.
On Friday, two students-- Shoeb Mahmud and Meem Arafat Manob-- fell sick when a group of agitating students brought out a “Bhukha Michhil” [Hunger Procession] from Raju Memorial sculpture to press home their demands, including re-election to the DUCSU and hall unions and resignation of those involved with the electoral process.
When their procession reached near Eternal Memory premises, Shoeb fell unconscious and was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) instantly. Few moments later, Meem joined him as he was feeling sick too.
A total of six students have been observing the hunger strike including one named Rabiul Islam who returned to the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture and resumed his strike after taking treatment at DMCH.
Five students began the strike on Tuesday as several allegations of irregularities in the DUCSU and hall union election surfaced.
Meanwhile, DUCSU-elect vice-president Nurul Haque Nur visited the students and said them that he would reconsider taking charges of VP.
“If you want to take charges, you will have to do so crossing our corpses,” Rafia Tamanna, one of the hunger strikers told Nur. He then replied that he would not do so and reconsider the decision.
At that time, the students also asked whether he and Akhter Hossen [Ducsu-elect secretary to social services] would go to Gono Bhaban responding to prime minister’s invitation.
In his reply, Nur said he is positive about going to Gono Bhaban as the premier is the highest executive person and she invited all DUCSU office-bearers.
The students also vowed to continue their strike until their demands are met.
“We will not move from here until the authorities declared schedule of a fresh election,” Rafia told reporters.
Criticizing the authorities’ role in this regard, Nur said it is strange that the authorities are yet to meet the students.
The students then asked Nur not to meet the Prime Minister.
“I have been demanding re-election since the beginning but we have to take decision upon consulting with everyone. We have to inform the Prime Minister about the situation,” Nur replied to the students.
Meanwhile, Liton Nandi on Thursday said they would announce their next course of actions on Monday and they were conducting campaign in halls about their protest.
Earlier, Monday’s DUCSU election, held after 28 years, ended in boycott by all major panels except for the Chhatra League over allegations of irregularities and vote rigging. The boycotted bodies had given ultimatum to the authorities for three working days from Wednesday.