Dhaka University students blocked the key Shahbagh intersection for two hours for second consecutive day on Thursday demanding realisation of their four-point demand, including an end to the university’s affiliation with seven colleges.
About 600 students gathered at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture around 11:00am. They brought out a procession around noon and staged a demonstration blocking the busy Shahbagh intersection till 2:00pm in support of their demands.Mohammad Shakil Mia, a spokesperson of the demonstrators, said they will continue the movement until the university authorities accept their demands.
The affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Mohila College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College. The colleges were affiliated with Dhaka University on February 17, 2017.
DUCSU social welfare secretary Akhtar Hossain expressed solidarity with the movement of the students. He said, “The decision taken by the DU authorities is not acceptable. DU students are protesting for cancellation of affiliation of the seven colleges.
Unfortunately, the students are protesting for accepting their demands after so many years, which is very shameful for the university authorities." He urged the DU authorities to resolve the problem by canceling affiliation of the seven colleges.
Meanwhile, vehicular movement came to a halt at the most busy intersection of the capital causing sufferings to commuters. Patients of BSMMU, BIRDEM and DMCH as well as their relatives suffered much as the demonstrators disrupted traffic movement since morning.
The students’ four-point include cancellation of affiliation of seven colleges; publishing all academic results within two months; bringing administrative and academic activities to an automation system; and controlling external vehicles and fixing rickshaw fare inside the university.