VC removal movement

SUST teachers assaulted by BCL men

Activists of Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL) of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) unit attacked on agitated pro-Awami League teachers, those who were undergoing movement demanding immediate removal of its Vice Chancellor Professor Aminul Haque Bhuyan, on Sunday morning at campus, 30 August 2015.

At least 10 teachers were injured following the attack including two female teachers and 6 journalists were assaulted at that time.

DSC_0042The teachers under the banner ‘Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonay Udbuddho Shikkhakgon’ started movement demanding immediate removal of VC on April 12 of the year.

As a sequence, the teachers came at in front of VC office on Sunday morning at 8:00am to observer their pre-scheduled sit in program over the same demand.

The agitated teachers protested VC to entire his office at around 8:30am but failed as BCL men attacked on them. BCL men snatched away a banner from the teachers before shoving and pushing them away from the place at that time, leaving at least 10 teachers injured including Professor Mohammad Younus, Professor Syed Shamsul Alam, Professor Syed Hasanuzzaman, Professor Dipen Debnath and Associate Professor Faraque Uddin. The injured took primary treatment from local clinic.

Leaders and activists of SUST BCL unit, who have been supporting the VC, gathered at the same place before the teacher’s coming.

Later, Professor Yasmeen Haque and Professor Rockshana Begum were assaulted at ground floor of the building. The students protested journalists to take videos and photographs and also assaulted at least six journalists including the President of SUST Press Club and also university correspondent of Jabed Iqbal.

Arif Hossain Rony, Abdus Salam Monju, Abdul Baten, Ariful Islam Canedy , Kamrul Islam, Tawhid Akram Juyel and Ariful Islam, all are activists of BCL SUST unit, were seen to participate at the attack actively, witnesses said.

Students Welfare Advisor Professor Rahsed Talukder and Proctor Professor Quamruzzaman Chowdhury were also seen standing at a distance and neither tried restrain the BCL activists.

Observing the whole incident amid rain, note writer and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering department Zafar Iqbal told the journalist that, he didn’t see such type of incident before.

“The libration war was happened by the slogan of Jay Bangla but today BCL men attacked on teachers clanging the slogan. I didn’t see such type of disgrace of the slogan” he said.

Zafar also said, “Although I didn’t participate at the movement physically but I supported it fully.”

It was impossible to work with the VC as he has been lying at difference meetings since his appointment, Zafar said.

Convener of the teacher’s panel Prof Syed Shamsul Islam alleged that, being instigated by VC BCL men attacked on us.

VC has been using BCL cadres to save his post and to continue his corruption but he won’t be able to do this, he added.

When connected, VC Aminul Haque said, “He was not informed about the attack on the teachers. Authority would take action after getting complain”.

He claimed that, he was protested by the agitated teachers violating the call of Ministry of Education.

However, the agitated teachers will observe half-day work boycott on Monday wearing black badges and observe sit-in in front of VC office from 9:00am to 12:00pm protesting the incident and demanding removal of VC.

BCL SUST unit President at a press conference said, we would take action after investigation against him if anybody of BCL involved with the incident.

He also demanded punishment of them those who involved with the incident.

Sylhet Bureau Chief of Jamuna Television Mahbubur Rahman Ripon alleged that, it was not acceptable that BCL men attacked on the journalists, those who come to cover the event.

SUST Press Club protested the assault on journalists and demanded punishment after proper probe.

The pre-scheduled Academic Council meeting was held at 3:00pm at VC’s syndicate room.

It is mentionable that, the teachers started their movement from April 12 demanding removal of VC from his post. They alleged that, the VC was involved with corruption, nepotism, financial opacity, irregularity and also misbehaved with teachers. Teachers resigned from 37 administrative posts at that time as no one was agree to work with him on April 22.

Following the movement of the teachers, VC went on two-month leave on 23 April showing his personal cause and returned back on 22 June at his office.

Hearing the news, the agitated teachers came at in front of his office and started sit-in locking the main entrance. They observed sit-in in front of VC’s office consecutive 32 days from June 22 to July 23 over the same demand.

They postponed their sit-in getting assurance from Education Minister on July 23 but continued movement through processions and rallies and they declared sit-in again on Sunday as the matter was not solved.

A latter was sent to SUST VC from MoE on August 30 asking the agitated teachers to stop the movement. The letter also said, MoE will monitor VC’s activists for next six months and he was asked not to appoint any teachers.

SUST Correspondent