Rokeya University students lay siege to VC residence

Sylheter Sokal Desk: Students at Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur have laid siege to the vice-chancellor’s (VC) residence in protest at troubles they face for attending his classes until midnight.

Tension rose amidst the students as a news spread on the social media around Sunday midnight that a student was stabbed by muggers while returning home after attending a class taken by VC Prof Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah.

Students of Shahid Mukhtar Elahi and Bangabandhu halls laid siege to the VC’s residence early on Monday in protest at the incident.

Upon hearing the news, Proctor Prof. Abu Kalam Md Faridul Islam rushed to the spot and tried to calm the students down.

But the demonstrators said, they will not leave the place until the VC speaks to them.

The students withdrew their siege around 3:30am after the VC assured them that he will no longer take classes at night.

The students alleged that the VC stays mostly in Dhaka and when he comes to the campus he takes classes of his courses until midnight.

As a result, the students often fall prey to the muggers on their way back home.

University student Pomel Barua said, especially female students, have to face numerous problems for attending these classes until midnight.

“Who will take the responsibility if anything wrong happens to anybody?” he asked.

Pomel demanded an end to this harassment.

Another student Shamim said they feel insecure returning to their dormitories from the classes. “This is unacceptable.”

Another student Jewel Ahmed said the VC should hold classes in the day. “We think there is no point holding classes till midnight that causes troubles.”

The university unit Bangladesh Chhatra League President Tushar Kibria said, they demonstrated protesting the midnight classes taken by the VC.

Meanwhile, Proctor Faridul denied the news that any student was stabbed by muggers.

He, however, declined to comment on midnight classes taken by the VC.

The students returned to their dormitories after a group of their representatives met the VC who assured them that he would not take classes at night.

The VC could not be contacted over phone.

According to university sources, the VC stays in Dhaka most of the time and visits the campus every now and then.

He goes to the campus on Sunday after a report of his not staying on the campus round the clock was published in the media.-Dhaka Tribune

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