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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka University teachers and students released from jail in January 22–23 at a reception on the campus on Monday iterated their demand for the withdrawal of all cases filed in connection with the August 2007 campus protests with any police stations and immediate release of the persons arrested.

Professor Anwar Hossain demanded immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency and announcement of schedules for the elections to the ninth parliament.

He also demanded immediate release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia and withdrawal of the cases filed against them and urged the government to hold dialogues with political parties without tagging any conditions.

Anwar said conspiracies were on to destabilise the campus again and the recent scuffle in some halls of residence were part of such conspiracies. ‘A certain quarter in the government is not taking any lesson from the non-violent movement of the teachers and student,’ he said, urging the students to stand united against any conspiracy.

The Student Movement against Repression, a platform formed on support of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal during the recent movement, accorded the reception in front of the Arts Building. Journalist Nirmal Sen chaired reception where the teachers — Harun-or-Rashid, Sadrul Amin and Neem Chandra Bhowmick — also spoke.

The teachers’ association executive committee member, Muhammad Samad, central and university unit committee leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and its rival Bangladesh Chhatra League also attended the function. Harun-or-Rashid demanded that no student should be harassed and implicated in the cases filed in connection with the campus protests.

He demanded that the students should not be barred from government service. Nirmal Sen said the report of the judicial inquiry commission on the August 20-22 incident should be made public.

He also demanded that another commission should be formed to investigate repression on students, teachers and journalists after the campus protests and trial of the persons responsible for such repression.

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