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BCL strike forces early vacation at HSTU

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A Correspondent Dinajpur: Ongoing demonstrations by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists demanding the withdrawal of expulsion order against their three leaders have forced the authorities to declare an early winter vacation at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU). The resident students have been asked to vacate the dormitories by 5pm on Saturday. The decisions were taken at an emergency meeting of the Academic Council held on Saturday afternoon. Official sources said the academic activities of the university will remain suspended until December 15. However, administrative work, including the admission process, will remain open during the vacation. On Thursday, the HSTU authorities expelled three BCL leaders for their alleged involvement in the university’s admission test forgery. Those expelled are university BCL general secretary and PhD student Arun Kanti Roy Sitan, its residential hall ‘D’ unit president and 1st semester student of level-4 of business studies faculty SM Zahid Hasan and executive committee member and 1st semester student of level-2 of Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering department Aninda Dutta Antu. During the university admission test on November 4, invigilators caught a candidate, M Abul Hossain, along with a high-tech device. A committee was formed to investigate the forgery. Following the recommendations of the probe panel, the authorities suspended the three BCL leaders on November 17 and finally expelled them on Thursday. Meanwhile, the ruling party’s student wing went on an indefinite on the campus on November 17 demanding that the authorities revoke the suspension order.