DU students end hunger strike

Dhaka University Correspondent
Published : 23:12, Jan 18, 2020 | Updated : 23:17, Jan 18, 2020

The protesting students of Dhaka University have ended their hunger strike after the Election Commission (EC) rescheduled the Dhaka city polls in the face of criticism and movement.
The students, who went to hunger strike at the base of Raju Memorial in the campus since Thursday (Jan 16) afternoon, broke the fast on Saturday (Jan 18) night, following the announcement of the commission.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman served water and fruit juice to the demonstrators to end the hunger strike.
In his reaction, the VC thanked the commission for its decision to revise the polls schedule.
He said, "The students of Dhaka University placed the demand being driven by the non-communal spirit and humanitarian values. I would like to express my thanks to the commission as they have honoured the demand of the students."
The students thanked concern bodies for rescheduling the election on Feb 1.
According to them, they held peaceful demonstrations from the start. The demand was reasonable.
The EC has pushed back the Dhaka city polls by two days after clamours for it to be rescheduled on Saturday (Jan 18).
Previously it was slated for Jan 30, coincided with the Hindu festival of Saraswati Puja.