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Protesters Confine DU VC Over Student’s Death

This story was originally published by The Daily Star, Bangladesh

Student leaders of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students Union demonstrate outside Dhaka University vice chancellor’s office confining the VC inside demanding fair probe and trial for death of a student. Credit: Mahdi Al Muhtasim

Student leaders of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students Union demonstrate outside Dhaka University vice chancellor’s office confining the VC inside demanding fair probe and trial for death of a student. Credit: Mahdi Al Muhtasim

Feb 24 2016 (IPS) - Protesters today confined the Dhaka University vice chancellor over the death of a student of the varsity, accusing the authorities for it.

First year marketing student Hafijur Mollah died of typhoid and pneumonia contracted during his stay in Salimullah Hall’s porch, where he was “forced to sleep”.

Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students Union, two major alliances of student bodies, marched to VC’s office at 1:15pm with demands for fair probe and trial into Hafiz’s “killing” and a stop to “guestroom torture”.

They confined VC AAMS Arefin Siddique inside his office. A scuffle took place at scene between the protestors and the VC, our DU correspondent reports.

“The VC and the university administration is responsible for Hafiz’s death,” said Umme Habiba Benojir, president of Dhaka University’s Banlgadesh Chhatra Federation unit.

Last reported around 2:00pm, the protestors were demonstrating outside the VC office with AAMS Arefin Siddique held confined inside. The threatened to continue agitation until their demands were met.

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