CHITTAGONG, Nov 20: A tense situation has been prevailing on the Chittagong University (CU) campus over establishing supremacy at Shah Amanat Hall, one of the largest residential halls of the university.
On the opening day on Wednesday, most of the seats of Shah Amanat Hall have been occupied by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). The occupants of the seats include the activists of all factions of BCL.
Meanwhile, Islami Chhatra Shibir, under the banner of General Students Forum, gave an ultimatum to the CU management to evacuate Shah Amanat Hall by the next 72 hours. Otherwise, they will create stalemate on the campus.
However, no clashes were recorded in this regard and the students peacefully shifted to their respective halls.
When contacted, Prof Sirajuddowla, Proctor of CU told The Daily Observer that nearly 40 per cent seats of the Hall have been occupied by the BCL activists.
The rest of the seats will be allocated to the applicants through interview, he added. He confirmed that the interview for the seats will be held in the next week. The hall is consisted with a total of 632 seats.
In the meantime, the BNP-Jamaat backed teachers of the varsity formed a human chain in front of the Administration Building protesting the occupation of the Shah Amanat Hall by the BCL activists. They alleged that the CU administration had helped the BCL activists in the occupation of the Hall.
Dr Munir Ahmed Chowdhury, Dr Mujaffar Ahmed Chowdhury, Dr Abdul Karim and others attended the rally.
It may be mentioned that CU authorities shut down the Shah Amanat Residential Hall, after two students died in a clash that took place between ICS and BCL activists on January 12. Since then the Hall was closed till November 18.