DU students plan protest demos against chief adviser’s visit April 10

Dhaka Correspondent

Dhaka Correspondent

Different student organisations plan to stage demonstrations in protest against chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed’s visit to the Dhaka University scheduled for April 10 to inaugurate the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury senate building. 

The chief adviser is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of the senate building as chief guest while education adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman will be the special guest.

Talking to the correspondent of E-Bangladesh, leaders of different student organizations, including Bangladesh Chhatra League, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Bangladesh Chhatra Union said they that had chalked up agitation programmes, including token hunger strike, hoisting of black flags, processions and distribution of leaflets to protest at and prevent the chief adviser from visiting the DU.

Terming Fakhruddin a ‘controversial’ person, the student leaders said, the students and teachers of Dhaka University had been subjected to ‘oppression’ under his rule.

BCL president Mahmud Hasan Ripon vowed to ‘thwart’ the arrival of the chief adviser on the campus and boycott the programme.

‘This government has no constitutional legitimacy and so we cannot welcome the chief of this unconstitutional government on the campus’, he added.

JCD general secretary Shafiul Bari Babu said, ‘The students and teachers of the university do not want to see him as the chief guest in the function. We will boycott the programme if we are invited there.’
Terming the interim government ‘autocratic’ he said, ‘It has jailed many political leaders in false cases. We cannot welcome a person who is responsible for oppression on students and teachers.’

Hasan Mamun, DU unit president of JCD, said that the chief adviser had ‘no moral right’ to visit the campus.

Saiful Islam Firoz, DU unit secretary of JCD, declared that the students would ‘thwart’ Fakhruddin’s visit to the campus ‘by any means’.

Khan Asaduzzman Masum, general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, said that they would finalise the programmes shortly to protest at the chief adviser’s visit.

DU vice-chancellor Professor SMA Faiz, however, has expressed his hope that the function will be held peacefully.

Meanwhile, a section of DU students is planning to stage protest against the arrival of the president, Iajuddin Ahmed, for the convocation of the university scheduled for April 7, sources said.