Five female students of Dhaka University’s Ruqayyah Hall began a fast unto death over 3-point demand related to the recently held DUCSU election, taking up position in front of their dormitories on campus from Wednesday night.
Five students – Saida Afrin Safi, Rafia Sultana, Shrabanna Shafique Dipti, Joyonti Reza, and Pramik Esha of the hall started their strike around 9:30pm.
They are demanding the resignation of Ruqayyah Hall Provost Prof Zinat Huda, reelection of Ducsu, and withdrawl of all cases against the independent candidates and their supporters including Ducsu VP-elect Nurul Haq Nuru.
One of the strikers, Saida Afrin Safi, said “we are to continue our strike until our demands are met. We hope university authority’s humanity can be awakened and they concede our logical demand”.
During their strike in front of the hall, their fellow students and hall-mates were demonstrating too, demanding re-election at the hall and resignation of hall provost Prof Zinat Huda, alleging irregularities in the Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) polls, allegations that refuse to go away.
Earlier four candidates of the opposition panel along with a general student began the hunger strike demanding fresh election to the Dhaka University students’ union at the Raju Sculpture on the campus around Tuesday afternoon.