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7 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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movement for safe road

50 hurt as police, youths clash with students

Police fire tear shells to disperse students in Bashundhara, Rampura areas
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50 hurt as police, youths 
clash with students
The area near East West University at Rampura in the capital yesterday takes the look of a battlefield as unidentified youths, many wielding sticks and wearing helmets, and police (not in picture) clash with the students demonstrating for safe roads. Photo: Nazmul Islam

At least 50 students of different universities were injured in separate clashes with law enforcers and unidentified youths in the capital yesterday. The clashes took place at Shahbagh, Rampura and Bashundhara residential areas. Students of East West University (EWU) at Aftabnagar in the capital were locked in a chase and counter-chase with law enforcers. The police fired tear-gas shells to disperse the students, who had gathered in front of the university gate, close to the Rampura highway. The students hurled brickbats at the law enforcers in retaliation.

When police chased the students, they stepped back to the nearby Jahurul Islam city. Some youths equipped with rods and sticks were seen with policemen when they were chasing the students. A teacher of the university, preferring anonymity, said 15 of their students were injured. When the clashes started, some students took shelter inside the university.

The students said they were exposed to the shower of brickbats and stones inside the university. Even a tear-gas shell was lobbed inside, leaving some of them injured.

When the clashes were continuing at Aftabnagar, several hundred of students of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology came out of the campus and started marching towards Aftabnagar at 1pm. These students carrying sticks could not reach Aftabnagar to join the EWU students as the police intercepted them in the Hatirjheel area and dispersed them by charging batons, leaving 20 of them injured.

These students later came back to the campus and the police did not allow them to come out.

The EWU authorities declared that the university would be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday following the attack on their students by the police and outsiders.

At least 500 students of Dhaka University (DU) gathered at the Raju Sculpture on the campus around 11am, protesting against the attacks on students at Jigatola on Sunday.

They brought out a protest rally under the banner of "Nipiron Birodhi Shikkharthi" and marched through the campus, including Curzon Hall, Madhur Canteen, Arts Faculty and BUET areas, and again gathered near the Raju sculpture.

Around 3pm, the rally started to move towards the Shahbagh intersection, where a police contingent was present with water canons.

At the same time, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out a rally on the campus, thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Road Safety Act 2018 was going to be approved by the Cabinet.

When the protest rally reached Shahabagh and the students wanted to talk to the law enforcers, the police started beating them up, firing tear-gas shells, and using water canons to disperse them. Five students and a policeman were injured.

The police detained three protesters from the spot. But the police refused to make any comment.

DU proctor Golam Rabbani told The Independent: “ I’ve heard the news. I’ve sent a team to the police station. I heard that two of our students were taken to the thana, but they have not been arrested. The police said they have taken them for inquiry.”

A protester, Taposhi Jahan, of Dhaka University said: “Mahmud Ishadi of the criminology department, Taposhi De Prapty of Jahangirnagar University and Md Ishtiyaq of the Business Faculty of DU have been detained.”

On the other hand, the Students’ Alliance of Bangladesh, an alliance of left-leaning students, held a protest rally on the DU campus at 6:30pm, protesting against the attacks on students by the police and alleged BCL activists. The protesters said they would continue their agitation until they get justice and until Shajahan Khan resigns.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Ramna Zone) deputy commissioner, Maruf Hossain, told the media: “There are two big hospitals at Shahbagh. We try not to create any sort of hindrance here. Today, some of the DU students tried to gather at Shahbagh. We appealed to them not to create any disturbance, but they did not pay heed. Then, we dispersed them by firing tear-gas shells and using water cannon. Some of the policemen were injured. Some students have been detained.”

Students of North South University (NSU) were locked in violent clashes with the police in the Bashundhara residential area, when they came out of the university, protesting against attacks on the students of EWU, leaving 30 students injured.

A student of the NSU, preferring anonymity, said students of Independent Uniersity, NSU and other private universities gathered behind the NSU campus around 2pm. After half an hour, a group of youths with sticks pounced on them, leaving several students injured. The injured were taken to the university campus.

Around 3:30 pm, when several thousands of students again gathered in the Bashundhara residential area, the police fired tear-gas shells to disperse them. The students hurled brickbats.

Armoured cars were also stationed at the gate of the Bashundhara residential area so that no one could enter the area to create any anarchy. Students of schools, colleges and universities have been protesting against the bus accident in which two students were recently killed in the capital.

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