The protesting students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University on Thursday continued their demonstrations on the campus defying ban as they pushed for the VC’s removal.
The protesters, under the banner of ‘JahangirnagarAgainst Corruption’, brought out a procession from the old Registrar Building around 1:30 pm following a rally.
At the rally, the protesting teachers criticized the statement of Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel saying, “We aren’t from intelligence agencies. How would we prove the allegations?”
The government is responsible to look into the allegations, they added.
Prof Sayed Ferdous of Anthropology department said they will not have any say if the VC comes out clean in an investigation.
However, the protesters are set to organise a concert in front of VC’s residence in the evening.
On Wednesday night, the university authorities imposed a ban on the participation of non-resident students in any rally and procession on the campus.
Besides, their stay in any office or residential area of the university was prohibited.
On Tuesday, the university was closed for an indefinite period following a clash between protesting students and ‘VC-backed teachers and Chhatra League men’. But the demonstrating students vowed not to vacate their dormitories and staged demonstrations on Wednesday.
On the other hand, coming down heavily on those engaged in movements against the vice chancellors of several universities, including Jahangirnagar University, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they will have to face punishment if they fail to prove their allegations.
“If they fail to prove their allegations, they’ll be punished for bringing false accusations… we’ll definitely do this. Because, I can’t tolerate that the classes will remain closed for days after days,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while distributing cheques of financial assistance at a simple ceremony at her office among sick, financially insolvent and injured journalists as well as the families of journalists killed in road accidents. The money came from the Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust.
She said movements started suddenly against vice-chancellors in several universities and they are branding the VCs as corrupt.
Noting that they must prove the allegations in Jahangirnagar University, she said, “If anyone fails to prove, the accuser will have to face the same punishment what may be awarded to the accused person as it is stated in the law.”
“Legal actions will be taken if they raise false allegations. We’ll take such actions. I’ve made it clear,” said the Prime Minister adding that she has already directed the authorities concerned to keep the records and footages of speeches and words of everyone who is bringing allegations.
“I would like to say it unequivocally that those who are bringing graft allegation, they’ll have to prove their allegations and provide information. If they can provide information, we’ll surely take action (against the corrupt),” she said.
Hasina said carrying out attacks on the VC’s residence, office, vandalism as well as disrupting classes and university activities in the name of movement is also one kind of terror act.
She said those who are bringing allegations surely have information. “Otherwise, why will they bring the allegations?”
“It won’t be enough to say that some amount of money is given out. They’ll have to find out where the money has been given and what for the money has been kept aside, the PM added. Source: UNB