25 injured in JU attack, university declared shut

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JU attack: Jahangirnagar University (JU) has been shut down for an indefinite period of time after 25 people were injured in an attack on the campus.

The authorities made the announcement after an emergency meeting held at the new administration building of the institution on Tuesday afternoon. Rahima Kaneez, acting registrar and also syndicate secretary of the university, confirmed the matter.

She said: “Students have been asked to vacate the residential halls by 4:30 pm today [Tuesday].”

Earlier in the day, at least 25 were injured in an alleged attack by Chhatra League during a protest program, demanding resignation of Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam.

Professor Tareq Reza of JU Bangla department, also one of the protesting teachers, told Dhaka Tribune that among the injured, eight were teachers of the institution, three were journalists on the spot and the rest were students of the university,

The protestors were attacked by a group of Chhatra League men, led by the university’s Chhatra League President Jewel Rana, around 12pm while staging a sit-in protest in front of the vice chancellor’s residence.

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