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Violent students

There was a news report in The Daily Star about the CU students who staged destructive protests over the death of a fellow student who was crushed under the wheels of the university shuttle train after he attempted to jump from a foot over-bridge on to the roof of the moving train. His jump turned into a nightmare as he failed to maintain balance and fell through the gap between two compartments. In reaction to his premature death, the students barricaded the station and torched its furniture, railway office, police rooms and train compartments. The students demanded Tk 30 lakh compensation to the family of the ill-fated student, removal of the VC and exemplary punishment for the “guilty” railway employees.

It is understood from the news that the student was killed due to his extremely unsafe adventure i.e. jumping from a foot over-bridge on to the roof of the moving train. Yet the students violently reacted against the people who are apparently not responsible for the incident. In the recent past we have witnessed similar violent protests in different educational institutions. These students are our sons, daughters, brothers & sisters and they are very often termed the “conscience” of the nation. But their activities are sending some red signals for all of us (parents, teachers, general students & the government) telling that the “nation's conscience” is infected and needs proper treatment.

There is another side of the story. The Daily Star printed a photo on its first page that shows about 100 DU students sleeping on the floor of the hall mosque as the authorities could not arrange their accommodation in the dormitories. Now there is a non-political government in power but ex-student leaders continue to occupy a large number of hall seats. Can we expect things to improve when the next political government takes over?

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