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Supreme Court statue removal: 150 protesters charged with attempted murder

  • Published at 01:12 pm May 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:28 am May 28th, 2017
Supreme Court statue removal: 150 protesters charged with attempted murder
Police on Friday night charged protesters with attempted murder charges after they were detained during the protest to reinstate Lady Justice at the Supreme Court premise. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shahbagh police station, Abul Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that the case, filed on Friday night, against four people including Chhatra Union’s General Secretary Liton Nandi, Chhatra Union’s Dhaka College unit’s president Morshed Halim and Chhatra Union’s activist Joy and Udichi’s Arifur. Sub-Inspector Md Mofakhkharul Islam, who filed the case, claimed that stick-wielding protesters hurled stones at on-duty policemen with the intention to kill them. “They obstructed police work and attacked with the intention to kill the policemen,” he wrote in his complaint. Four policemen were injured in the attack, he added. [caption id="attachment_65742" align="aligncenter" width="850"]dt-(9) Police push Chhatra Union leader Liton Nandi into a van on Friday during a protest Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Meanwhile, a Dhaka court sent the arrested four to jail. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Shikder has set Sunday to hear on their bail petition. Members of various student fronts and cultural organisations held protests on the Dhaka University campus on Friday, hours after the statue of Lady Justice had been removed. They demanded the statue be reinstated. Police obstructed their march towards High Court’s Mazar Gate. When protesters broke through the barricade, police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse them. Four people, including Liton and Arifur, were detained from the spot. OC Abul said the detainees had been shown arrested in the case and the court sent them to jail on Saturday.