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>THE Jagannath University authorities yesterday closed the university sine die following three-hour-long clashes between students and police that left at least 100 people including 25 policemen and 20 female students injured. (Full report)
The students damaged over 20 vehicles and different offices in the area while police lobbed around 120 teargas canisters, charged truncheons to disperse them and arrested over 10 students.

The students were demonstrating to have 12 of their dormitories returned under the university’s control.
The dormitories are occupied by powerful people, criminals, police and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of Awami League, also attacked the agitating students and issued threats to them.
Following the clashes, university’s syndicate, the highest body of the university, held an emergency meeting around 5:30pm and decided to close the university for an indefinite period.
State Minister for Home Affairs Tanjim Ahmed Sohel, however, said a vested quarter in their bid to destabilise the law and order situation of the country caused the planned incident which is part of their “mega plan”.

Talking to The Daily Star, he said, “We have specific information that it was an attempt of the vested quarter. But we have directed the law enforcement agencies to take stern actions against them.”


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