RU students in trouble
Rajshahi University Correspondent,
Published: 2014-02-03 12:31:36.0 BdST Updated: 2014-02-03 12:32:03.0 BdST
About 6,000 students of Rajshahi University (RU) left their dormitories on Monday morning after the authorities closed down the university indefinitely.
Many were seen standing helplessly at the Rajshahi bus terminal and railway station.
The announcement for closure was made several hours after police and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists attacked agitating students demanding cancellation of hiked fees and evening classes.
Mostafizur Rahman Rony, a student of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, said they were informed of the syndicate's decision around 9pm on Sunday.
"Most of us do not have any money at the beginning of the month and it was not possible to secure [bus or train] tickets at night," he said.
"And now, there are no tickets at the counters," Rony said.
RU has 16 residential halls and most of the students staying there are from other districts in Bangladesh.
Students complained of an acute transport shortage on the campus in the morning.
Around 10am, hundreds of students were seen standing in queues for tickets but most returned without getting one.
"Who'd give tickets at this hour?" asked marketing department's Lavu Reza. He said tickets have to be booked in advance.
They lambasted the university administration for not giving them adequate time to leave the campus.
Many transport owners were up to grab the windfall, charging higher fares than usual.
Coordinator of the protesters, Ayatullah Khomeni, said the students were leaving the campus in great anger.
Many shouted slogans.
"We'll resume our protest against attacks on the students and to demand cancellation of the evening classes from the day the university reopens," he told bdnews24.com.
Over 50 students were injured in Sunday's attacks.
Police detained Sajib Ahmed, a final year student of the Department of Finance and Banking, over Sunday's vandalism on the campus.
Speaking to bdnews24.com, Motihar Police Station OC Shamsur Noor said the university authorities were yet to file a case over Sunday's violence.
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