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Zafar Iqbal banned from SUST campus for lifetime
The students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet have banned Dr. Md. Zafar Iqbal for lifetime. The unwanted announcements were from the students including Zafar Iqbal for stood against the students. The students announced this in a notice sent to the media on Wednesday (July 17). Asadullah Al-Galib, the coordinator of SUST's quota reform movement, confirmed this information. Recently, in view of the slogans of the students in the quota reform movement, Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal responded on his website. In it he wrote, 'Dhaka University is my university, my favorite university. But I think I will never want to go to this university again. If I look at the students, I will think that they might be those Razakars.' He also wrote, 'Only a few days I can live, I don't want to see the face of any Razakar. There is only one life. Why should I see Razakars again in that life?' Common students have become angry with such reaction of  Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal about the ongoing quota movement. Criticism is going on nationwide. At the same time, all the books of this popular writer have been called to be boycotted by the common students. Meanwhile, since Wednesday (July 17) morning, Zafar Iqbal is not available on Rokomari.com. This online book-selling platform has made all Zafar Iqbal books 'not available' from their website. Not only Rokomari but also Pragati Bookstore announced not to sell Muhammad Zafar Iqbal's books. Earlier, on this same issue 'Books of Bengal', the book-buying platform of Bangladesh and West Bengal, has announced not to sell Muhammad Zafar Iqbal's books.
Dhaka University closed sine die
BCL president, General Secretary of DU campus flee away
UN reacts to violence in quota movement
Quota reform movement / BRAC-NSU students blocked the roads
Jubo League leader arrested with 19 kg of Marijuana
Abul Kalam Sohail, Deputy Secretary of Feni Municipal Jubo League, was arrested by RAB along with Marijuana. He was later expelled from the organization. The matter was informed in a circular signed by District Awami Jubo League Secretary Nizam Uddin Patwari on Monday (July 15). It is mentioned in the circular that Abul Kalam Sohail, Deputy Publicity Secretary of Feni Municipal Jubo League, has been dismissed from the party post and expelled from the organization for violating party discipline. The arrested Sohel is the son of Abul Bashar from Char Gopalgaon village of Sonagazi upazila of Feni. His accomplice is Abdul Matin (42), son of deceased Nurul Alam of Char Parbatipur village of Companiganj upazila of Noakhali district. Earlier on July 13, RAB arrested Sohel and one of his accomplices from Bhatiapara roundabout bus stand area of ​​Kashiani police station in Gopalganj district. At that time, 19 kg 200 grams of marijuana and a microbus were seized from them. According to RAB-6 sources, RAB conducted the operation on the basis of secret information that drugs will be sold in front of passenger camp of Bhatiapara Roundabout Bus Stand of Kashiani Upazila in a microbus. Sensing the presence of RAB in the operation, Sohail and Matin were arrested with 19 kg and 200 grams of Marijuana. while trying to escape with the microbus. Later, they were handed over to Kotalipara police station after filing a case under Narcotics Control Act. In this regard, General Secretary of Awami Jubo League of Feni town Iqbal Hossain Bablu said, "The organization will not take the responsibility of any person's crime." There is no opportunity to engage in unethical activities in the organization. He has been expelled from the organization for his involvement in anti-disciplinary activities of the party. Confirming the truth, Gopalganj's Kotalipara police station OC Muhammad Feroz Alam said, 'Both of them have been sent to jail through the court.'  
Quota protestors and Chhatra League's counter program today
Quota reform activists and Chhatra League have announced counter programs at almost the same time in Dhaka University and other university campuses in the country. The anti-discrimination student movement has called a protest rally in all campuses across the country on Tuesday (July 16) to protest against the attack by the Chhatra League on the protestors demanding quota reform.  Shortly after their announcement, the Chhatra League called for a protest rally in every campus of the country including DU. Announcing the program in a press conference in front of Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University on Monday (July 15) night, Nahidul Islam, coordinator of anti-discrimination student movement, said, 'We were attacked on Monday by bringing outsiders in a planned manner. How do outsiders attack our university despite having proctors? On the other hand, the organization has called for a protest rally in front of the Raju sculpture on Tuesday (July 16) at 1.30 pm to protest the attack on the activists at around 9:30 pm on Monday. Besides, this organization has also announced to hold protest rally at the same time in every campus of the country. Meanwhile, in an interview given to the media at the foot of the anti-terrorism Raju sculpture after 11:00 PM, Chhatra League president Saddam Hossain said that on Tuesday (July 16) at 1:30 PM, the Chhatra League will hold a protest program in all universities across the country. Incidentally, on Monday (July 15) in front of the university's Bijoy Ekattor hall, there was a stop-and-go chase between the protesting students and the Chhatra League. At 3 in the afternoon, the BCL clashed with the general students of the hall. Then both sides clashed with bricks and rubber sticks.
Clash in DU: How the incident started
Clashes occurred on Monday (July 15) between Chhatra League activists and quota reform activists at Dhaka University (DU). 300 students were injured and received treatment at Dhaka Medical College (DHMC) Hospital. Among them, 13 people, including two female students and a bullet-injured Chhatra League leader, are currently undergoing treatment there. It is known that this incident started on Monday afternoon at Bijoy Ekattor Hall. After the protesting students gathered at TSC, around 2:30 pm, a part of them marched towards Hallpara to bring more students. Going to Hallpara, they first took a procession and entered the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall premises. Going in front of the gate inside the hall, they started chanting various slogans like 'Bangabandhu Haller Voy Nai, Rajpoth Chari Nai'. When some of them went to bring the students from inside the hall, they chanted various slogans from the microphone, including 'Badha Dil E Badhbe Bukta'. Then the agitators announced on the microphone that some agitators have been detained at the Freedom Fighter Ziaur Rahman Hall. Then they entered the Zia Hall and chanted slogans like 'Dalaler Kalo Hat, Venge Dao Guriye Dao'. Some entered the hall to fetch the students inside. At that time, various slogans including 'Sontrashider Biruddhe Direct Action' were given on the external microphone. The agitators announced from the microphone that some of the agitators have been detained at Bijoy Ekattor Hall. Then the procession of the agitators entered the hall. It is known that this incident started on Monday afternoon at Bijoy Ekattor Hall. After the protesting students gathered at TSC, around 2:30 pm, a part of them marched towards Hallpara to bring more students. Going to Hallpara, they first took a procession and entered the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall premises. Going in front of the gate inside the hall, they started chanting various slogans like 'Bangabandhu Haller Voy Nai, Rajpoth Chari Nai'. When some of them went to bring the students from inside the hall, they chanted various slogans from the microphone, including 'Badha Dil E Badhbe Bukta'. Then the agitators announced on the microphone that some agitators have been detained at the Freedom Fighter Ziaur Rahman Hall. Then they entered the Zia Hall and chanted slogans like 'Dalaler Kalo Hat, Venge Dao Guriye Dao'. Some entered the hall to fetch the students inside. At that time, various slogans including 'Sontrashider Biruddhe Direct Action' were given on the external microphone. The agitators announced from the microphone that some of the agitators have been detained at Bijoy Ekattor Hall. Then the procession of the agitators entered the hall.  The students responding to a call from the Students Against Discrimination movement, took to the streets in a protest march at around 10:45pm.  Hundreds injured in clash between protesters, Chhatra LeagueHundreds injured in clash between protesters, Chhatra League. Students from all dorms, including the women's halls, participated in the march. Earlier in the afternoon, during a press conference at Ganabhaban regarding her visit to China, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina criticized those opposing quotas for freedom fighters' descendants. Students from Dhaka University and other universities and colleges across the country erupted in protest late on Sunday, sparked by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's criticism of the movement opposing the reinstatement of quotas in government jobs. Students from Dhaka University and other universities and colleges across the country erupted in protest late on Sunday, sparked by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's criticism of the movement opposing the reinstatement of quotas in government jobs. The students responding to a call from the Students Against Discrimination movement, took to the streets in a protest march at around 10:45pm.  Hundreds injured in clash between protesters, Chhatra LeagueHundreds injured in clash between protesters, Chhatra League Students from all dorms, including the women's halls, participated in the march. Earlier in the afternoon, during a press conference at Ganabhaban regarding her visit to China, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina criticized those opposing quotas for freedom fighters' descendants.
Anti-quota Movement / Campuses of Bangladesh passed a stormy night
The entire country has become vocal in demanding reform of the quota system in the recruitment of government jobs. The general students have been protesting for a week and a half since the High Court declared the government's circular canceling all quotas in 2018 illegal. As part of the movement, they blocked the important roads of the country including the capital for the last few days and carried out the 'Bangla Blockade' program. This movement has been given a new color by a comment made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after returning from China. The quota protestants claim that the prime minister insulted the quota activists in his response. And with this, the students of different universities of the country spent a whole night in protest. The campuses were a buzz with the slogans of the students opposing the quota system, which added an extra dimension to the counter-slogans of the BCL. Most of the students at the protest said they were insulted and belittled for speaking out against the unfair quota system. No one has the right to insult students. They took to the streets to protest this humiliation. On Sunday (July 14) after 11:15 pm, the biggest protest took place in the Dhaka University campus. The students took a procession from different halls of the university and gathered at the foot of the anti-terror Raju sculpture of the university. At this time they started chanting different slogans like 'Tumi ke ami ke- Razakar Razakar', 'Ei Banglar mati- Razaker ghati'. While taking out the procession, the students were blocked by BCL leaders and aspirants in some halls. But they were forced to retreat due to student protests. However, when the anti-quota agitators returned to the hall at around 1 am, the Chhatra League came out with processions from various halls. Meanwhile, they came to Madhur Canteen with a procession and started shouting slogans. During this time, they started chanting slogans like 'Tumi Ke Ami Ke, Bangali Bangali', 'Achis Joto Razakar, Ei Muhurte Bangla Char' etc. Meanwhile, expressing solidarity with the angry students, four leaders of the DU branch announced their resignations on Facebook. After some time, however, Ratul Ahmed Shrabon withdrew from the decision to resign and made another post.  Quota activists of Chittagong University also took out a protest march that night. Thousands of students came out to march from different halls and gathered at the zero point of the university. At this time various slogans such as 'Chailam Adhikar, Hoilam Razakar', 'Tumi Ke, Ami Ke-Razakar, Razakar' are heard in the voices of the angry students. Another big protest took place in Rajshahi University. Around 12:15 am, some students suddenly started protesting from Syed Ameer Ali Hall of the University. Immediately hundreds of students joined the procession from different halls. They started gathering in front of Joha Chatwar of the university. After that they toured the entire campus. Later, angry students blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi road near Rabi's main gate. National flags can be seen in the hands of many of the protestors. The entire Rajshahi campus was resounding with the slogans of 'Chatro Somaj Jegeche', 'Tumi Ke Ami Ke- Rajakar Razakar'. In the middle of the night, Jahangirnagar University became agitated with processions and slogans. Motivated by the slogan 'Tumi Ke Ami Ke- Razakar, Razakar' spread on Facebook, the Jabi quota opponents decided to hold a protest program in their own campus as well. It was also alleged that Chhatra League detained two students and harassed them after receiving the news. Later, angry students rescued them. Jagannath University students protested in front of the main gate of the campus around 11:40 pm. The procession then proceeded to Tatibazar via Shakaribazar. The university administration discouraged girls from going to the movement by locking the student halls. However, the students broke the lock of the gate and participated in the protest march. Around 12:30 pm, the students of Sher-E-Bangla Agricultural University came out from different halls of the campus. Along with the quota activists of other universities of the country, they also raised the campus with various slogans. The angry students said that the Prime Minister of a country can never call the students of that country the children of Razakar. In protest of his words, students have taken to the streets even at night. On the other hand, a group of Chhatra League activists gathered at the second gate of the university and chanted slogans like 'There is no place for Razakars in Bangabandhu's Bengal', 'Ek Ekta Razakar Dhor, Dhore Dhore Jobai Kor', 'Dhori Dhori Dhori Na, Dhorle Mora Chari Na'. When they entered the Lutfar hall and shouted slogans, the resident students of the hall kept saying 'Vua, Vua'. Another protest took place at the Islamic University of Kushtia at midnight. The students gathered at the Zia intersection of the campus and started a protest march. The procession circumambulated the various roads of the campus. Hundreds of students from various halls and side messes of the university and participated in it. However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a Press Conference, 'Why is there so much anger against the great liberation war and the brave freedom fighters?' The grandchildren of freedom fighters will not get quota, then will Razakar's grandchildren get quota? We cannot allow that to happen.' The Prime Minister's statement has created anger in the minds of the quota activists.