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POST TIME: 13 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Quota reformists stage rally, demand gazette
DU Correspondent

Quota reformists stage rally, demand gazette

Quota reformist leaders protested on the Dhaka University campus yesterday morning, demanding gazette notification of quota reform in every government service, including the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exams.

Quota protesters came up with the demand at a rally held at the Raju Sculpture after a protest procession.

They said students are frustrated and offended as six months have passed since the Prime Minister made a statement about the gazette notification in Parliament. But nothing has happened yet in this respect.

Rashed Khan, a joint convener of the Bangladesh General Student Rights Protection Council, the platform of students that led the quota reform movement, said: “We demand withdrawal of all cases filed against us, punishment of those who attacked us during the movement, and gazette notification of quota reform in the civil service in line with our earlier five-point demand.”

Nurul Hoque Nuru, another joint convener of the council, said at the rally: “We never demanded cancellation of the quota system. We have always demanded reforming the system. The government can do it, but it does not seem interested. On the contrary, we are being arrested and attacked everywhere.”

Leaders warned that if the government did not take the matter seriously and issue the gazette notification, students would launch the protest again and force the government to accept their demands. Eyewitnesses told The Independent that around 10:30am protesters gathered in front of the science library on the campus. They then brought out a protest procession to the Public Library to Shahabag and to the Central Library. From there it came to Raju Sculpture.