The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have threatened to take legal action against students who forcibly entered and are staying at the dormitories defying directives.
In an emergency notice on Sunday, signed by the university’s acting registrar, the university asked the students to leave the halls by 10:00 am on Monday.In a notice, authorities said Jahangirnagar University has been closed from March 19, 2020 like other universities in the country due to government directives to protect students from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“A number of students disobeyed government orders and forcibly entered some residential halls and took up position on Saturday evening. The university administration is instructing them to leave the hall on their own initiative by 10am on Monday. Otherwise, the university administration will be forced to take legal action against them,” the notice said.
Earlier, Jahangirnagar University students on Saturday unlocked the main gate of a dormitory as the authorities ‘did not take’ any step to fulfill their 3-point demand, including hall reopening.
They also threatened to take control of other halls and go for a tougher movement if their demands are not met.
On Friday, several students of the university were injured in an attack by the residents of a village adjacent to the campus.
JU’s acting Proctor ASM Firoz Ul Hasan said the clash erupted following a dispute over a cricket match.Four motorcycles belonging to the students were set ablaze by locals at Gerua Bazar in the evening. Later, locals gathered in the area responding to an announcement from a mosque’s loudspeaker and attacked the students.
Proctor Hasan said some students were confined to their mess-house at Gerua village.
On March 16 last year, the government closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The closure was extended several times, most recently until February 28 this year.