The campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has been declared closed indefinitely due to police clashes with agitating students. At the same time, students have been instructed to leave the hall by 12 noon tomorrow, Monday (January 17).
On Sunday (January 16) at around 9 pm, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed confirmed the matter.
He said the university has been declared closed indefinitely due to the situation. Students will have to leave the hall by 12 noon tomorrow.
Earlier, police clashed with students in front of the University’s Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT) building at around 5.30 pm.
In the afternoon, the students blocked Vice Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed at the IICT building of the university for not accepting the three-point demand. When the police went to rescue the vice-chancellor, there were clashes with the students. Police later fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to disperse the students and rescued the vice-chancellor from the IICT building. Several students were injured in the incident.
Campus sources said, at 5pm the leaders of the teachers’ association and the proctorial body under the leadership of the university treasurer Anwarul Islam, came to the agitating students. At that time, the treasurer told the agitating students that the vice-chancellor had fallen ill as he was trapped inside. He has to be taken home. The agitating students then demanded to accept their demands. At this time the agitating students got into an argument with the teachers.
At one point, police members entered the university’s IICT building and went to free the blocked vice-chancellor. At that time, the protesting students prevented the police from entering. At one stage, the police members stabbed the protesters. The students then fired brickbats at the police. Police later fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to disperse the students and rescued the vice-chancellor from the IICT building. Several students were injured in the incident.