JU students end hunger strike on assurance of case withdrawal
Published : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 110
Agitating students of Jahangirnagar University called off their hunger strike on Thursday evening as the university authorities assured them of withdrawing the case filed against 56 students.
JU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Amir Hussain gave the assurance and broke the strike with water at around 8:00pm. The university authorities filed the case in connection with vandalism at the vice-chancellor's house on May 27.
As many as eight students began hunger strike on Saturday, demanding withdrawal of the case against their fellows.
On May 26, marketing student Nazmul Hasan Rana, 24, and microbiology student Arafat, 24, were killed as a bus hit a human hauler carrying them on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar's C&B bus stand area.
Immediately after the accident, agitating JU students blocked the highway, demanding speed breakers there. But police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells, leaving at least 10 people, including students, a JU official and two journalists, injured.
Later, the agitating students besieged the VC's residence. Police arrested 42 JU students from the spot. They were later shown arrested in the vandalism case filed by the JU authorities. The students were released on bail the following day.