Santrash Birodhi Chhatra Oikya (Students United Against Terror), an alliance of 12 student organizations coalescing around the need for campuses to be free of violence, has rather symbolically called for the immediate removal of the proctor of Dhaka University (DU) proctor for failing to provide security for the students.
The alliance also placed a four-point demand towards ensuring terror-free and democratic environment on the Dhaka University campus.
They came up with these demands from a press conference held at the famed Modhur Canteen on the DU campus.
Faisal Mahmud, General Secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, placed the 4 points on behalf of the SUAT alliance, and said the environment of the campus is going worsen day by day as organizations linked with the ruling party maintain a reign of terror on general students.
He blamed the university's administration and demanded the removal of proctor AKM Golam Rabbani for his absolute failure to take any step in this regard.
The other demands of the alliance are, allocating only legal seats in residential halls under the supervision of the university administration, eradicating ‘terrorism’ from campus, end to seat grabbing and "guest room" culture in all residential halls, trial and permanent expulsion of those involved in the attack on Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) VP and ending all kinds of harassment of general students.
Nur reiterates demand
About the city poll date Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur said on the press conference, the decision to hold the Dhaka city poll on January 30 is ‘unconstitutional’ as Bangladesh is a secular country.
“People of every denomination have the right to observe their religious occasions as they see fit, and they must get to exercise this right,” Nur said.
Students in Dhaka will not be able to celebrate Saraswati Puja with the usual revelry as educational institutions will be used as polling stations for the elections.
“We think Election Commission intentionally fixes the date to create a chaos centering this election and that’s why they are not changing the date amid protest worsen day all class people,” he added.