The students of the government-run Alia Madrasa have given notice to leave the hall, citing fears of obstruction of government work and deteriorating law and order situation on campus. The students claimed that the authorities had ordered them to leave the hall to construct the Madrasa Education Department building within the boundary wall of the hall. But they will not leave the hall. Conversely, the new program will be announced on Saturday.
Students have been given three-point notice from Wednesday. Last Thursday night the students suspended the movement for the time being. They said the new program will be announced.
The students said that the authorities have decided to construct the building of the Madrasa Department in front of Allama Kashgari (Rah.) Hall, the only residential hall of Alia Madrasa. They have been protesting against this decision for several days.
Siddique Hossain, a student, said that Kashgari Hall and the adjoining small building can accommodate a maximum of 300 students. We are repeatedly demanding new halls. But the administration made no attempt to build the hall on the pretext. But now the Madrasa Department building is being constructed. We will not allow the construction of the department building on the campus of the madrasa until our housing problem is resolved.
It is learned that on the 4th, Abdur Rashid, the vice-principal of the madrasa, filed a case with the Chawkbazar police station in the name of the students. Some teachers have been ostracized for not being a plaintiff in the case and speaking on behalf of the students.
Meanwhile, the authorities first instructed the students to leave the hall on Wednesday afternoon on the charge of obstructing government work. The students started a movement in front of the hall in protest of the decision of the authorities.
The notice of the authorities said, “Last Monday, the Hall Committee and Staff Council of Government Madrasa-e-Alia, Dhaka threatened to obstruct government work, block teachers and teachers, create a violent situation on campus, worsen law and order situation and escalate the situation.” Allama Kashgari (Rah.) Hall and Ibrahim Hall were unanimously declared closed till further notice. Students were instructed to leave the hall by 4 pm on Wednesday.
The movement of students started intensifying after this notice. They said that from the next 30th, their first year examination will be over. If they close the hall, where will they go, under no circumstances can the hall be closed.
Madrasa authorities issued a revised notice on Wednesday afternoon in the wake of the students’ movement. The notification said, “According to the instructions of the Ministry of Education, Allama Kashgari (Rah.) Hall and Ibrahim Hall, Fazil Graduation (Pass) Examination-2020 will not be able to sit in any other student.”
The students did not accept this decision. They said, not only the examinees but everyone should be allowed to stay in the hall. Under no circumstances will the department building be allowed to be constructed on the Madrasa campus.
The students started agitation again from noon on Thursday. Madrasa authorities issued another notice at around 2 pm. All the students were instructed to leave the hall by 4 pm on Thursday.
The madrasa administration came to the gate of the hall with Chawkbazar police at around 3 pm to evacuate the students. However, due to the movement of the students could not enter the gate of the madrasa principal Professor. Alamgir Rahman and Hall Super Assistant Professor Jahangir Alam Khan.
The students suspended the movement last night and said the new program would be announced on Friday. They said they would not leave the hall under any circumstances. At this time, the students said the principal of the madrasa. Alamgir Rahman demanded his resignation.
(Dhaka Times / 08 January / BU)
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