Vol. 5 Num 842 Sun. October 08, 2006  
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Recruitment in RU postponed amid employees' agitation
Mayor's house ransacked

The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday postponed the recruitment process of 200 more teachers and staff in the university amid agitation by the 546 employees, who were appointed violating university rules, for confirmation of their job.

In a news release, the university authorities declared to suspend the recruitment process without mentioning any reason, after the agitating staff laid siege to the house of Rajshahi City Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu from 12:00am to 5:00am yesterday and ransacked it.

They protested the RU authorities' move for fresh staff recruitment in the university before regularising their jobs.

The agitating staff also locked the main entrance of the administrative building in the morning and held a sit-in demonstration for about an hour in front of the building demanding regularisation of their jobs.

A rally was also held which was addressed by the 546 Unity Council convener Rafiqul Islam Sadar, joint convener Zahurul Haque and Farman Ali among others.

In the rally, the speakers threatened to paralyse the university if their jobs were not regularised within the tenure of the current government. "Until our jobs are regularised, we will resist the process of any other recruitment in the university," the council convener said.

The university authorities recruited these employees, mostly BNP and Jamaat supporters, under political considerations violating university rules and without publishing any newspaper advertisements that gave rise to widespread controversy.