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Hunger strike: SUST teachers ‘threaten’ participating students

| Updated: January 24, 2022 09:15:20

Hunger strike: SUST teachers ‘threaten’ participating students

Students demonstrating for the removal of Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology have alleged they have been threatened by their teachers.

The authorities said they did not receive any complaint on the issue on Sunday as a hunger strike by the protesters continued for the fifth day, reports bdnews24.com.

A spokesman for the protesters said at a press conference at the protest site outside the VC’s residence in the afternoon that almost all the students who took part in the hunger strike got phone calls from their departments with veiled threats. “Their families have been told that no one is here to see them. But doctors of our team of volunteers are looking after them round the clock.”

“The teachers of a department even tried to force a striker to drink juice. These incidents are affecting their [strikers’] mental health, but they are still determined to continue the hunger strike until our demand is met.”

Tulshi Kumar Das, president of the teachers’ association at the university, did receive a phone call for comments.

Treasurer Anwarul Islam said they will look into the issue if they get specific allegations.

The protesters said 15 of the strikers were hospitalised. Four more joined the strike, raising the number of strikers outside the VC’s home to 12. 

Following a meeting with teachers on Saturday, Education Minister Dipu Moni talked to the protesters after midnight via video call, urging them to end their hunger strike.

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