JU vandalism case
VC asks students to call off hunger strike
Jahangirnagar University (JU) Vice chancellor Prof Dr Farzana Islam has asked the students, who went on an fast unto death, to call off their strike.
The VC came up with the call after an emergency syndicate meeting held in the evening.
"We are monitoring the activities of the students. The case is no longer under the jurisdiction of the university, it has gone to the police," she said.
However, we are requesting the students to call off the hunger strike, the VC added.
"If the Students apologise for the vandalism, then we'll talk to police on behalf of the students, otherwise not," The VC said.
Four students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) began fast unto death demanding withdrawal of a case filed against 56 university students for vandalising the VC’s residence.
Earlier, two students-- Sarder Zahid, a 42nd batch student of English dept and Puja Biswas, a 40th batch student of International relations dept, also accused in the case, began the hunger strike on Saturday at the JU central Shaheed Minar.
Despite not being accused in the case, Tahmina Jahan Tuli, a 42nd batch student of English department joined them last night whereas Muntasir Arman of Law department this morning to extend their solidarity with Zahid and Puja.
Apart from this, numerous students of the university expressed their solidarity with them demanding withdrawal of the case.
In the morning of May 26, two JU students--Nazmul Hasan Rana of Marketing department and Arafat of Microbiology department-- were killed in a tragic road crash.
When agitated students blocked the highway with protesting the accident police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse them.
Protesting the police attack, some students gathered in front of the VC's official residence and locked the main gate. They also vandalised the VC’s residence.
Later, police arrested 42 students from the scene and produced them before court on the next day.
Besides, 12 female students were detained and later were shown arrested in the vandalism case.