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Quota reform movement

Police foil citizens’ demo in capital

Missing reforms activist Faruk shown arrested

Police yesterday foiled a protest rally organised by a group of ‘concerned’ citizens against the recent attack on students and jobseekers demanding revision of the quota system and arrested two of the organisers. The protest rally was organized under the banner of ‘concerned parents and citizens’ in front of the National Press club in the city.

Dispersing the crowd, police took one of the organisers Baki Billah, a former president of the Bangladesh Chhatra Union, onto a prison van. Writer-columnist and former teacher of Jahangirnagar University Rahnuma Ahmed and Dhaka University mass communication and journalism teacher Fahmidul Huq also got onto the van to free Baki but the vehicle left the scene carrying both, said witnesses.

Later, police freed all three. However, it was alleged that the law enforcers manhandled DU teacher Fahmidul Haq.

Police in riot gears also attacked protesters gathered in front of National Press Club for forming a human chain and almost all the participants were allegedly manhandled.

Meanwhile, Faruk Hassan, a joint convener of the quota reforms platform, was yesterday found in police custody, a day after he was beaten up at Dhaka University and taken away allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Monday.

Faruk was assaulted near the Central Shaheed Minar on

Monday during a programme of the quota reformist platform and was traceless since the incident.

 However, the police yesterday claimed that Faruk Hassan had been shown arrested in an arson case.

Talking to the media, additional commissioner of the Detective Branch Debdas Bhattacharya said that Faruk had been shown arrested in the case filed with the Shahbagh Police Station on April 11.

 Humyan Kabir, inspector of the Special Branch (SB) of Police in Dhaka, had filed the case, accusing 30 to 40 unidentified people for torching his motorcycle and snatching his walkie-talkie from Doyel Chattar at the DU campus during a demonstration of students demanding quota system reforms in the civil service.

Meanwhile, ‘students against repression’ a banner of general students of Dhaka University (DU) demanded action against BCL attackers on Tuesday.

 The protesters came up with the demand at a human chain held near the Raju sculpture.

 Umme Habiba Benojir , president of Bangladesh Chattra  Federation of DU unit said, “Quota reforms movement was a logical one but the PM, has been recently named mother of humanity, is not seeing her beloved BCL boys are attacking on general students in whole country.”

 On the other hand BCL activists also formed a human chain at the same place and at the same time saying that “a group of students are spreading rumour and trying to disturb the peaceful educational environment”.

 Elsewhere, a section teacher of Rajshahi University protested against the countrywide attack by the Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, on students seeking quota system reforms.

 They formed a silent human chain from 11am to 1pm in front of university administrative building, while more than one thousand students took part in the programme. They were allegedly forced out by the university administration around 1pm.

 Dr Farid Khan, an associate professor of economics, announced a “Barefoot Silent Protest” on social media Facebook, saying he would walk to his office barefoot and observe an hour’s silence in protest on Tuesday morning in front of Zoha sir’s shrine on the campus.

 He was allegedly stopped by the chairman of his department but some other teachers responded to his call and protested in a similar fashion.

 Prof Saleh Hasan of physics department, Prof Saiful Islam of computer science department, Prof Baitus Mokaddesur Rahman of pharmacy department, and Prof Iftekharul Islam of Arabic department joined the protest.

 Contacted, KBM Mahbubur Rahman, chairman of economics department said: “I have a responsibility towards my colleague and from that very sense of responsibility I did not let him (Dr Farid Khan) to walk barefooted.”

 Several hundred students of Rajshahi University staged a sit-in in front of the administrative building protesting the spate of attacks on them by activists of ruling party’s student front Chhatra League.

 

 

 

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