Tags: Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University violence, student politics
A massive clash between the students of Shibir and Bangladesh Chattra League had taken place yesterday in Rajshahi University with the death of a student leader of Shibir and injury of hundred of students on both sides.
The clash erupted few days back and Shibir viirtually took over the control of the residential halls ousting the BCL cadres from the university. Police raided the halls and arrested more than 50 cadres of Shibir from the hall on the thursday night.
The authority closes the university sine a die and asked the students both male and female to leave their dormatories. To avoid further clash, the Rajashahi Govt College and the Rajshahi Medical College are also closed down.
People are worried with the development of power struggle among the studdent factions. With the coming of the political government into power, the equillibrium in the universities has been disturbed. The pro-government party with the support of the law enforcing agencies, as our tradition goes, is trying to establish their supremany in the campus.
In the process, students are killed or injured, teachers are harrassed, administrators are threatened, parents feel woried, classes are closed, dormatories vacated, session become jammed, adademic exercise stopped and nation lags behind.
During last Caretaker Government, discussion was ripe
whether the student politics should be banned or not, consensus developed about not to totally ban the student politics but to modify its pattern. Election Commission was in favour of banning the student wing of the political party in the campus as a precondition of registration of the political parties. But EC had to compromise on the point on the insistance of the major political parties.
We feel that if the student politics continue in this fashion, then our academic atmosphere will be more jeopardised.
All the political parties should ponder over the matter and come to a consensus. It is sure the advantage the pro-government faction is enjoying now, will be faded with time and we in no way could come out of the vicious cycle.
To fulfull the vision 2021, we need our student politics to be moulded accordingly to fulfill the dream.
An ordinary citizen
Reaction to jail sentences of university teachers December 7, 2007Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
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Various group of people expressed their reaction to the verdict given to the university teachers for breaking the emergency rules.
Jurists & Lawyers:
A retired justice from the Appellate Division of Supreme Court. Golam Rabbani said that the judgment suffers from a lack of strict scrutiny of the oral evidence inasmuch as the conviction seems to be based on oral evidence of single witness.
Dr. Shahdin Malik, a teacher turned Advocate of the High Court opined that the judgment does not indicate even-handed, impartial or neutral enforcement of rules but targeted persecution.
Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairnman Khandaker Mahbub Hussain said that the judgement has sent the message to all that none is above the law. It has also sent the message to all teachers and students to abide by the Law. He also said that if the convicted teachers think that they have been punished in unjust way, they will of course get justice from the higher court upon appealing against the judgment.
Professor Tajmari SA Islam, acting president of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association(DUTA) said sentencing the four academics frustrated all the teachers and they are now worried about the fate of the detained DU teachers.
Former DUTA president Arefin Siddique said that the jail terms have been a blow to the hopes of Dhaka University teachers who are optimistic following assurances by the government and the university administration, that their detained colleagues will be released soon.
DU Vice chancellor Professor MA Faiz was sounded hopeful about the release of his four teachers.
Family members of the RU convicted teachers expressed their helplessness for the future and the family members of the DU teachers expressed their frustration over the verdict.
Students of the Mass Communication Deparatment of Rajshahi University met with the VC and expressed their demand and stated collecting signatures of the teachers and students to press demand for the release of the convicted teachers.
Apart from these, different political parties and other organizations expressed their reactions to the verdict.
Editorials are written on the issue.
An ordinary citizen
Post script: 7 Nov 07 11 pm BDT
DU teachers stages a silent protest: A group of DU teachers staged a silent protest yesterday against the imprisonment.
About 40 teachers stood in front of Aparajeyo Bangla for half an hour. They displayed placard demanding their varius demands. Prof MM Aksh has announched the program on wednesday.
Teachers of Social Science Faculty urged the government in a resolution to immediately release the detained teachers and students.
Students of Mass Communication Department boycotted the classes yesterday. But they involved in a altercation with the teachers of the department. The teachers said they will maintain separate program for the release of the teachers. (Source: daily Star)
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[News] A speedy trial court of Rajshahi on 4 Dec 2007 sentenced four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers to two year’s rigorous imprisonment for violating Emergency Power Rules(EPR) 2007 by bringing out a silent procession on the campus on August 21.
These four teachers are Moloy Boumik of Management Department, Selim Reza Newton and Abdullah Al Mamun, Dulal Chandra Biswas of Mass Communication Dept.
Two other accused in the case –former VC Prof M Saidur Rahman and syndicate member and convenor of the RU Progressive Teachers’ Society Prof M Abdus Sobhan –were acquitted.
Judge Ruhul Amin said the accused had three charges against them-taking leave en mas on July 26 to protest AL Chief Sheikh Hasina’s arrest, bringing out of a silent procession on the campus on August 21 and holding a secret meeting to instigate violence the next day.
The Judge said there is no law against taking leave en masse in Bangladesh and the presence of specific teachers in the secret meeting couldn’t be proved beyond doubt.
But the bringing out the procession in the Emergency rule was a offence and minimum punishment was imposed on the accused for the offence provided in the law.
On August 21 2007 a few RU teachers brought out a procession on the campus protesting the previous days police attack on DU students.
RU students called a strike the following day. A rickshaw puller was killed on that day around 200 including police and journalists were injured, vehicles were torched and properties including the vice chancellor’s residence were damaged during day long clashes between the police and students on and around the RU campus.(Source: Daily Star)
An ordinary citizen