More than 150 people were injured in violent clashes between police and students of various universities and job seekers at Shahbagh and Dhaka University (DU) areas on Sunday and Monday. Police detained more than 50 people.
The demonstrators had been demanding reforms in the existing quota system in government recruitment tests for past few months.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Director Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune that 160 people were brought to DMCH with injuries as clashes went on in the surrounding areas. The injuries were not serious, and they were released after receiving basic treatment.
There were two individuals that had suffered injuries from rubber bullets shot at them by police. These, too, were not serious. Nasir said they were taken under observation.
Meanwhile, the protesters claimed that more than 50 people were detained over the last two days. Police and university authorities, however, did not confirm the number or disclose further information.
The Dhaka Tribune was not able to reach Shahbagh police station's Officer in-charge (OC), deputy commissioner (Ramna division) and the DMP commissioner for the detainees’ status. Other officers declined to comment on the matter.
Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad convener and Vice President of DU Mohsin Hall unit BCL Hasan Al Mamun and other protesters told the Dhaka Tribune that they will go on indefinite strike at all educational institutions across Bangladesh, until the release of the detained protesters.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said, after a meeting with the delegation of protesters at the Secretariat, that legal action will be taken against those who vandalized the house of Dhaka University vice chancellor.