Students of Rajshahi Government College enforced a wildcat strike on the campus yesterday demanding cancellation of the transfer order of Principal Dr Ali Reja Muhammad Abdul Mazid.
The students under the banner of Students' Movement Council (Chhatra-Chhatri Sangram Parishad) observed a token hunger strike from 8:00am to 1:00pm after putting the administrative building under lock and key.
They also locked the main gate of the college and barred the teachers, staff and students from entering different departments and holding classes and examinations.
Several students said Principal Abdul Mazid has created a congenial academic atmosphere on the campus and undertook different development activities during the 15 months of his tenure.
"We will go for indefinite strike if the transfer order is not cancelled immediately," said Md Badsha Alam, the first joint convenor of the Students Movement Council.
Alam, also joint convenor of the college unit of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, said they started protest programmes on October 25 when the principal received official order for transfer to Chapainawabganj Government College.
Dinajpur Education Board Chairman Dr Md Sanaullah has now been appointed as the principal of Rajshahi Government College.
"Student leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Chhatra Moitree and Jatiya Chhatra Samaj expressed solidarity with the strike as the students want Principal Abdul Mazid to continue here," said Aksaruzzaman, another joint convenor of the council, and general secretary of Rajshahi City unit of Chhatra Moitree.
Standing near the agitating students on the campus, Dr Abdul Mazid told this correspondent, "Students are protesting spontaneously for withdrawal of my transfer. I was waiting for retirement within a year but a local Awami League leader who is favouring Sanaullah played role for the unexpected transfer only 15 months after my joining here."
"I renovated the college Shaheed Minar for the first time, introduced suitable meal at the female students hostel, freed the campus from smoking and grazing of domestic animals, and controlled movement of motorcycles and bicycles," he said.
Principal Mazid showed copies of recommendation letters sent to the education ministry by ruling grand alliance lawmakers Fazle Hossain Badsha and Omar Faruk Chowdhury for cancelling his transfer order.