Dhaka – The hunger strike called by groups of students in Dhaka University to demand a fresh election to the university’s central students’ union continued for the third day Thursday.
The activists – a group of male students and another group of female students – have been staging the strike to protested alleged frauds in Monday’s election for Dhaka University Central Students’ Union and attacks on students and false case against them.
The university authorities, however, turned down their demands for fresh polls saying that the elections were credible. They are now preparing for installation ceremony for the newly elected leaders of the DUCSU. The DUCSU election was held 28 years after the previous one.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won 23 out of 25 positions in the central student union. But the position of Vice President went for a leader of the popular quota reforms movement, Nurul Haque Nur.
But the agitating students, mostly from the left-leaning organizations and independent contestants who also boycotted the election halfway, asked the university authorities to hold a fresh election by March 31.
To press home their demands a group of students sat in front of a statue at the Teachers Students Center while five female students sat at the gate of Ruqayyah hall, one of the dormitories for the girl students.
Meanwhile, Nur expressed solidarity with the striking female students who have also been asking for resignation of the hall provost, on Thursday. The girls started the hunger strike on Wednesday.
The provost of the hall does not have any moral right to hold the position, said Nur.