RU teachers ‘beat’ students, 4 fell sick on hunger strike

Published : 06 Dec 2022 07:39 PM

University (RU) teachers and officials allegedly beat the students of Urdu Department, who were staging hunger strike since morning on Monday. Four students were admitted to the university medical center after the incident.

The incident took place in front of the administration building of the university on Monday evening.

The injured students are Monija Akhtar, Runa Akhtar, Nusrat Jahan Priya and Sumaiya of the 2019-20 academic year of that department. Among them, Manija Akhtar and Sumaiya were taken to Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) Hospital when their condition was critical. The remaining two students are admitted to the university’s medical center.

Eyewitnesses and students of the Urdu department said that the officers and teachers of the university came in front of the administration building to break the hunger strike of the students. At one point, a fight broke out between them and the agitating students. 

This led to a scuffle between the two sides. Later, four students of the Urdu department got injured. The students claimed that they all were beaten up by the authorities.

During the scuffle, university pro-vice-chancellor Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam, Proctor Prof Ashabul Haque, Student Advisor M. Tareq Nur, Assistant Proctor Zakir Hossain, Theatre department Prof Ataur Rahman Raju, among others, were present.

Later protesting this incident, the students raised various slogans in front of the administration building.

Earlier, at 10:30 in the morning, the 2nd year students of Urdu Department sat on hunger strike in front of the Administration Building of the University. 

When the university administration wanted to negotiate, the students announced that they would continue their hunger strike until their demands would met.

While asked about the complaint, Ataur Rahman Raju, professor of Theatre department said, “If they can prove the allegations against me, I will leave my job tomorrow morning. When the administration comes to talk to them they were loud with the authorities and raised various slogans against the administration. Then I tried to make them understand.

In the meantime, a five-member delegation of students held discussions with the administration. Later at 8:30 PM, University vice-chancellor Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar, two pro-vice-chancellors and Proctor came and broke their hunger strike by feeding students water and biscuits.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Golam Sabbir Sattar said that according to the university's ordinance, there is no opportunity to re-evaluate the results after the publication of the results.

But we will always work in the interest of students. He assured to form an investigation committee within seven days to solve the case.