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POST TIME: 10 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 July, 2018 01:14:51 AM
DU restricts outsiders’ movement on campus
DU Correspondent

DU restricts outsiders’ movement on campus

Outsiders will not be allowed to roam around, stay in dorms and hold any kind of activity on the Dhaka University (DU) campus without permission from the authorities. The decision was taken at a meeting of the DU Provost Committee on Thursday night, said a press release issued by the public relations  office of the university yesterday (Monday) morning.

Students who have completed their studies will not be allowed to stay in dormitories. Even guardians or guests of students would not be allowed to stay without permission of the dorms administration, the press release added.

The authorities took this decision so that members of banned militant and extremist outfits cannot enter or stay in halls and destabilise the campus. In this regard, the authorities will take the assistance of law enforcement agencies, if necessary.

Through the press release, the provost committee also called upon students to refrain from spreading rumours.

The meeting also decided to hold regular views-exchange meetings with students’ organisations active on the campus.  

Besides, the authorities would send letters to female residential students urging them not to hamper normal life by chanting slogans at night.

A seven-member inquiry committee was formed at the meeting. It is headed by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Administration),

Prof Dr. Mohammad Samad, to investigate unwanted incidents centering around the quota movement.   DUJA protests attacks on journalists: The Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (DUJA) yesterday protested the recent spate of attacks by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on working journalists on the Chittagong University and Jagannath University campus.

DUJA president, Asif Taasin, and general secretary, Mahmadul Hasan Nayon, issued a statement condemning the attacks on campus journalists gathering news of the quota reform movement.   In the statement, the leaders said campus journalists at various universities came under attack by BCL men several times while they were observing their duty during the quota reform movement.         

At least 15 journalists were assaulted at Dhaka University in the last three months, but the university authorities have failed to take steps against the culprits, who are a threat to freedom of the press.

On Sunday, the Chittagong University (CU) reporter of online news portal “Jago News” was assaulted by the BCL’s CU unit leader when he was gathering news of the quota reform movement. The reporter was threatened by another BCL leader that he would be hacked to death.

On at the same day at JnU, at least five journalists came under attack by BCL men when they were covering a procession of the Progressive Students’ Alliance.

In both incidents, the university authorities have not taken steps against the culprits till now. Condemning these incidents, DUJA has demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible.

Human chain: Teachers and students of the DU Law Department formed a “human chain” demanding release of a student Tariqul Islam, who was detained earlier by law enforcers for involvement in the quota reform movement.

Students also boycotted Monday’s exams and classes. The movement would continue until Tariqul is released.

Students demanded the unconditional release of all arrested students and withdrawal of false cases filed against reformists and ensuring of a safe campus.

Over 250 students and teachers took part in the human chain, held at the premises of Kazi Motahar Hossain Building near the Central Shahid Minar of the university in the morning.