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Students riot over World Cup viewing at Bangladesh university

One of Bangladesh's leading universities was forced to close on Sunday after five people were injured in riots by students demanding time off to watch the World Cup. Police claimed students carrying sticks rampaged through the University of Engineering and Technology in the capital Dhaka on Saturday demanding term be cut short so they could see World Cup matches, said local police chief Rezaul Karim.

"The junior students want the campus to close so they can watch the World Cup. But some senior students, who have exams, didn't want that -- so there were some very tense clashes," Karim said.

"The university held emergency meetings and decided to close immediately," he said, adding this was a week ahead of the scheduled June 26 end of term.

During the 2006 World Cup, scores of students were injured in clashes at the same university.

"We have closed the university for an indefinite period to avoid any trouble, we hope to reopen after the World Cup," Jibon Podder, the student affairs chief, told AFP.

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