The leaders and activists of the Islamic University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of the ruling Awami League, stopped a recruitment test forcing the job seekers out of the examination hall on the campus in Kushtia on Wednesday.
Witnesses said around two hundred job seekers, who applied for the post of office assistant-cum-computer operator at the political science department of the university, went to IU Nuclear Scientist MA Wazed Miah Science Building to take part in their computer typing test in the morning.
The leaders and activists of the IU BCL unit went to the building and threatened as well as forced the job seekers out of the examination hall at around 9:30am.
The BCL men, at one stage, put the main gate of the third floor of the Nuclear Scientist MA Wazed Miah Science Building of the university under lock and key.
Within minutes, a group of BCL men entered the examination hall and asked the applicants to leave, said several applicants.
The university authorities were yet to make any move against the ruling party men, who threatened not to allow the authorities to hold the recruitment test on the campus without their consent, seeking anonymity, a job seeker said.
The BCL men misbehaved with the job seekers, tore their admit cards and hurled abusive words. Later, the BCL men drove them out of the campus, he added.
“It is very unfortunate that I cannot sit for the recruitment test though I’ve travelled a long way for this,” said a job seeker who hailed from Panchagarh.
The university administration, however, postponed the recruitment process due to unavoidable reasons, IU acting registrar HM Ali Hasan said.
There was no involvement of incumbent IU BCL unit activists in the incident, IU BCL unit president Faisal Siddique Arafat said.
The former leaders and activists, who work at different offices daily at the university, forced the job seekers out of the examination hall demanding their jobs, he claimed.
Denying the allegation, IU BCL unit former organising secretary M Rasel Joarder said that they did not halt the recruitment test rather the running BCL activists did it.
“I am one of the job seekers of today’s test so why should we halt it,” he said.
Source: United News of Bangladesh