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POST TIME: 13 September, 2015 12:17:02 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 September, 2015 12:29:45 PM
Agitation until VAT withdrawn
Vow students as they take to streets in different areas
Staff Correspondent

Agitation until VAT withdrawn

Students of private universities block the Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Baishmile area in Savar yesterday demanding cancellation of the VAT imposed on their tuition fees. Independent Photo

Rejecting the government’s view that private universities will pay the value added tax (VAT) and not the students, those agitating vowed to carry on their movement till VAT is withdrawn from education. The students said they are opposed to any kind of VAT on education. Students of private universities once again took to the streets under the banner of "No VAT on education" yesterday (Saturday). They blocked roads and highways, resulting in suspension of traffic. People had to suffer under the scorching sun. The students boycotted classes on the first day of the three-day strike both in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
Hundreds of agitating students of Gono Bishwabidyalay blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Baishmile at noon, resulting in severe traffic congestion.
Students of Stamford University, University of Development and Alternative, University of Liberal Arts formed a "human chain" and brought out processions in the Dhanmondi area since the morning blocking roads.
Police tried to stop them, but the students carried on their agitation, resulting in severe traffic congestion in the area.
Students of State University blocked roads at Kalabagan in the city and demonstrated on the campus. They marched in a procession towards Rapa Plaza and blocked the road.
The Northern University students of the Banani campus blocked the road and demonstrated since the morning, causing traffic jam in the area.  
The World University students formed a "human chain" near LabAid Hospital in the Dhanmondi area and took to the streets, stopping traffic from City College to Kalabagan. Later, students from Eastern University joined them.  Police requested them to leave the streets. The students responded to the police request and dispersed after 1:30pm.
The students of Daffodil International University formed a "human chain" at Sukrabad, blocking the road at around 1:00pm.
The agitators also demanded an investigation into the police attack on students in front of East West University in the city’s Rampura area.
In Chittagong, students of BGC Trust University took to the streets demanding withdrawal of VAT on tuition fees.
They blocked the Chandanaish section of the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway, triggering traffic congestion. Law enforcers dispersed the agitators at around 11:30am.
Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Chandanaish police station said they dispersed the students when they tried to block the highway.
In Rajshahi, students of private universities brought out a procession that marched through different streets and ended at Zero Point at Saheb Bazar.
 In Sylhet, students gathered near Court Point around noon and chanted anti-VAT slogans.