Thursday, August 5, 2010

University closed after fee hike riots -- Chittagong, Bangladesh

The Bangladesh's Chittagong University (CU) was closed in the country's second largest city Chittagong, 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, Monday till Sept. 15 following fierce clashes between law enforcers and striking students on the campus.

The university authority at an emergency meeting decided to close the university and asked the male residential students to vacate their dormitories by Monday, and female students by 10:00 a. m. local time on Tuesday, private news agency UNB reported.

At least 100 persons, including 2 police personnel and a journalist, were injured in a series of clashes between police and the striking students on CU campus for four hours Monday morning.

Police charged batons and fired at least fifty tear gas shells to disperse the students.

The law enforcers rounded up at least 70 students after raiding three male dormitories.

A section of the CU students have been protesting since July 26 pressing their three-point demand including cancellation of fee hike.

Thousands of students brought out processions in front of the university's administrative building and the vice-chancellor's office.

Agitating students ransacked almost all faculty buildings, administrative building and IT building and put the science, arts, business studies and social science faculties under lock and key Monday, according to UNB.

The agitating students later damaged at least ten vehicles, including the car of the pro-vice chancellor.

Additional police and Rapid Action Battalion personnel were deployed on the campus to avert any untoward incidents.

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