Students on Sunday vacated dormitories as Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities overnight ordered the evacuation suspending classes and examinations sine die after police actions to tame campus violence saw injury of eight students and arrest of 43.
Witnesses and officials said most students vacated the residential halls by midday in line with the JU Syndicate decision after midnight following police actions against agitating students who were staging demonstrations over the deaths of two students in a road crash on Friday morning on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in front of the campus.
The students were staging protests demanding construction of foot over bridges, speed breakers and other measures to prevent accidents and finding out the driver of the bus that crushed the two students to death to be exposed to justice.
"The syndicate decided to close the university for indefinite period," JU Registrar Abu Bakar Siddiqui told reporters after an emergency meeting. Soon after the syndicate meeting, police arrested 43 students from in front of the vice-chancellor's residence.
Allegations of assaulting teachers and vandalising different establishments at VC's residence were also raised against the agitating students during the demonstration.
"We have arrested 43 students," Sub-Inspector of Ashulia police station Avijit Chowdhury told BSS, adding that the university authorities filed a case with the station accusing unnamed students of vandalism and harassment of two teachers.
Earlier, JU Vice-Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam twice rushed to the scene and urged the agitating students to withdraw the road blockade, but the students refused to do so.
Meanwhile, additional police forces have been deployed on the campus to avert any untoward situation.
Nazmul Hasan Rana, 24, of Marketing Department and Arafat, 24, of Microbiology Department were killed as a bus hit a human hauler on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Savar.