Hundreds of students of two private universities in the city-Stamford University Bangladesh and Darul Ihsan University-ransacked their campuses and staged a daylong demonstration Saturday, reports BDNEWS.
Following the incidents, a tense situation was prevailing in the campuses. A huge contingent of security forces was deployed at those places.
The students of Darul Ihsan University launched their violent action because the authorities had suspended classes for a week.
According to the students of Stamford University Bangladesh, the authorities did not fulfil their demands, including establishment of a science lab for Pharmacy department, a library and accrediting the Pharmacy department to the Pharmacy Council.
The students also protested different decisions of the authorities, including extra fee collection and second intake admission test.
According to witnesses, the action by the students of the Pharmacy department of the Siddeshwari campus started at about 9.30 am.
During the two-hour long action, the students ransacked all the electronic equipment, glasses of doors and windowpanes, furniture and other valuables.
The students also hung and displayed various posters with their demands.
After the demonstration and rampage on the Siddeshwari campus, they brought out a procession that reached the two other campuses of the university at Dhanmondi where they also held the Vice Chancellor Hannan Firoj hostage for two hours.
The students also ran amok in the afternoon on the Dhanmondi campuses and pelted stones at different officials of the university, including the VC.
When contacted, several teachers of the university admitted the incidents. The teachers also said the university authorities should fulfil the demands of the students.
Both students and teachers said that the students had been demanding the lab, library and some other facilities for quite sometime but the authorities did not bother about it. In the end the students chose to go for action.
When contacted, the official sources of the university said that the VC had assured the students of fulfilling their demands within a short time.