At least 1,000 students of Dhaka University (DU) formed a human chain on Thursday in front of Raju Sculpture inside the campus demanding that the metro rail alignment should not run through the university.
The students protested by holding banners that read 'Don't destroy DU, Don't destroy heritage', ‘No more sound pollution at DU’, ‘We want metro, but not on DU’.
Several DU teachers and its former students also participated in the human chain.
Sculptor Shyamal Chowdhury, the creator of the Raju Sculpture, joined the human chain expressing his solidarity with the students.
Speaking on the occasion, the renowned sculptor said the historical places and sculptures will lose their attraction and beauty if the metro rail goes through the DU campus.
He also said the DU authorities should talk to the government to find a solution to the issue.
Noting that the DU campus is part of culture, Samina Luthfa, a teacher of DU Sociology Department, posed a question, “Why are they trying to destroy our history and culture by running the metro rail through the campus?”
She also said the government should protect the historical heritage like Raju Sculpture, Dhaka Gate and Curzon Hall first before going for the metro rail project.
As per the modified alignment, the metro rail, beginning from Uttara Third Phase, passes through Farmgate, Sonargaon Hotel, TSC of Dhaka University, Curzon Hall, Jatiya Press Club, Bangladesh Bank, Atish Dipankar Road and Sayedabad, according to a news agency. - Idrak
cleared by biplab