The students made the announcement after being blocked by police for marching to the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka, where they intended to submit a memorandum containing their demands.
A group of JnU students brought out the procession demanding construction of residential halls for them on the empty space of recently abandoned Dhaka Central Jail since August 2.
Around 10am in the morning, police blocked the students’ procession at Bangshal intersection. The law enforcers then fired blank shots and threw teargas shells to scatter them. At least ten students were wounded.
However, academic and administrative activities have been paralyzed due to strike on the campus. Thousands of students abstained from classes and tests and gathered in the streets in front of the university.
Established in 2005, the only non-residential university of the country has 11 dormitories in different areas in Old Dhaka.
But all of them had been taken over by influential locals. As the students’ movement grew bigger in 2009, the government started to take initiative to recover the halls.
But in spite of recommendations from the land ministry, Dhaka district administration did not take steps to hand over ownership of several halls to the university authorities.
Two of the halls were recovered in 2011 and 2014, but they are yet to be repaired for use. Another hall is still occupied by a local powerful person, but there is no plan stirring to get it back. However, the authorities have also been planning to build two new halls.
In this regard, JnU Proctor Nur Mohammad told to news agency that, “We want the students to carry on their movement peacefully while continuing the classes and sitting for tests. But they are not listening to us.”