A makeshift cattle market has been thrown up on the Jahangirnagar University campus ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha without permission from the country’s lone residential university and the local administration.
The university is already on vacation for the Durga Puja and Eid festivals.
A visit to the scene on Wednesday morning revealed that some 25 cows were tied to trees near the gate-1 of the university. The university’s Assets Officer Azim Uddin was the coordinator of the cattle market, relevant people said.
Mohammad Sabuj, a cattle trader, said some eight traders were running their business in Pandhoya area adjacent to the university upon an agreement with Azim Uddin.
Azim Uddin was the Security Officer of the university, but he was forced to resign over his failure to ensure security to students on the campus and over the killing of Zubair Ahmed, a fourth-year student of the English department.
Alamgir, who gave one name and who is an employee of Begum Khaleda Zia Hall, said a small cattle market had been also set up in the university territory during the last year’s Eid-ul-Azha under Azim’s supervision.
Azim Uddin and the university Registrar Abu Bakar Siddique could not be reached on their cell phones for comments on the issue.
Acting Proctor Akkas Ali told bdnews24.com that such a small cattle market had also been set up on the campus in the past and no permission was sought.
Officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station Badrul Alam said any lease holder must secure permission from the district administration to set up a cattle market anywhere.
“A list of the approved cattle markets has been given to us. But no permission was given to set up such market in Jahangirnagar University area,” he added.
The cattle market in the university territory drew huge crowds of buyers on Wednesday, two days before Eid, and most of the buyers were the university teachers and the residents of the adjacent areas.
Mafruhi Sattar, Chairman of the university’s Pharmacy Department bought a cow at Tk 60,000. He told bdnews24.com that people suffer much in buying sacrificial animals in the cattle markets in the city.
He, however, expressed concern that the increased number of cattle heads in market set up in the university area could destroy the university’s atmosphere.