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Date of Incident: October 03, 2019

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Jagannath University

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On October 3, 2019, violent clashes broke out between opposing student groups during a protest on the Jagannath University (JnU) campus.

Members of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), held a protest march from the JU campus demanding the release of imprisoned BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia.

During their march, some JCD members reportedly began chasing and harassing students they suspected of being members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the opposition party, the Awami League. Violent clashes broke out between the opposing student groups, leaving at least six students injured.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence during a campus protest. While students have a right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, they have an obligation to exercise those rights peacefully and responsibly. Physical violence during a student protest threatens the safety of members of the campus community and undermines institutional autonomy.