Joint general secretary of the Bangladesh General Student Rights Council, Jagannath University branch, Mahmudul Hasan, said that finding accommodation on the new campus is near impossible. If the administration is committed and student-friendly, it will take immediate steps to rescue the hall, he said, adding that retrieving the hall will prove that the administration is not afraid of Haji Salim's 'battalion'.

Students were evicted from the Tiber dormitory after the locals clashed with the students in 1985 while Jagannath University was a college. The hall had accommodation for about 400 students. Haji Md Salim later took control of the Tibet dormitory following a High Court ruling. Later, after the college was upgraded to a university in 2005, the name of the dormitory became known as Tibet Hall.

As part of the demonstration on Thursday, students also staged a protest procession circling the main roads of the campus.

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