Suspension of Campus Reporter
Campus journos demand removal of BSMRSTU VC
Campus journalists of various public universities, including Dhaka University, on Monday demanded removal of the Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU), Gopalganj.
They demanded his resignation over the allegation of irregularities.
On Monday, the protesters under the banner 'Muktijuddho Mancha' formed a human chain at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture and demanded the resignation of BSMRSTU VC Prof Khandakar Nasiruddin over the allegation of irregularities.
They also demanded withdrawal of the suspension order of journalist Fatema Tuz Zinia, a student of the university, who was suspended on September 10 for posting a status on Facebook which the authorities claimed, had tarnished the university's image.
Several teachers of DU also took part in the human chain programme.
Terming the BSMRSTU VC 'autocrat and corrupt', DU Prof AKM Jamal Uddin, also the convener of the platform, said the authorities tried to intimidate students in the name of disciplinary actions to keep their mouth shut.
"How can a university authority suspend or issue show-cause notice to its students for posting status and comments on Facebook?" he asked.
The students have the rights to talk and write about such issues, he added.
Pointing out the VC's 'controversial activities' the protesters urged the Education Ministry to launch an investigation and remove him. Otherwise, they will wage a tougher movement, the students threatened.
Bangladesh Campus Journalists Federation, a platform of campus reporters of various public and private universities across the country, issued a 48 hours ultimatum for the withdrawal of the suspension order.
Threatening tougher movement they also said they will hold a protest rally on Thursday on the Dhaka University campus over the issue.
Meanwhile, Shams Jebin, BSMRSTU reporter of the daily Alokito Bangladesh, came under attack by the supporters of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus on Monday.
The victim claimed that the criminals attacked him as per the instruction of the BSMRSTU VC for speaking in favour of Zinia.
He was undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Gopalganj when this report was being filed on Monday.