Published:  03:07 AM, 15 March 2019

Girls postpone hunger strike, give 24-hour ultimatum

Girls postpone hunger strike, give 24-hour ultimatum Students observing the hunger strike at the foot of Raju Sculpture yesterday. -Jahidul Islam

The five students of Ruqayyah Hall, who were on hunger strike, postponed their program giving an ultimatum of 24 hours to the hall authorities to fulfill their four-point demand including the resignation of hall provost.

They came up with the announcement at a press briefing yesterday night. The four-point demand include announcing schedule of reelection to the hall union, withdrawal of cases filed against the students and ensuring the security of the protesting students who were harassed early night in hands of BCL, the student wing of the ruling party.

Rafia Sultana, one of the strikers, said, "We have postponed our hunger strike program as two of our fellow strikers have fallen sick. We have given a 24-hour ultimatum to the hall provost to tender her resignation letter and announce the fresh schedule to hall union polls."

If our demands are not met, we will announce tougher movement, she added. Hall provost Prof Zeenat Huda, DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, newly elected DUCSU VP, GS AGS and other members called upon them to end the hunger strike. But they failed to convince the protesters. 

Earlier, Nurul Haque Nur, the VP-elect of the DUCSU and leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) expressed solidarity with the striking students.   Nur said, "I also demand the removal of hall provost as she has no moral right to remain in her post."

They strikers are: Rafia Sultana of Islamic Studies department,  Saida Afreen shafi and Jainti Reza of Women and Gender Studies Department, Shrabana Dipti of Disaster Management Department and Promi Khishha of Management Information Systems department.

---Mohiuddin Mahi, AA

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