They have been accused of vandalism and attacking the police
Twenty-two private university students have been remanded into police custody in two separate cases of attack on police and vandalism.
The accused are students of East West University, North South University, Southeast University, and BRAC University.
Of them, Badda police detained 14 while the rest were picked up by Bhatara police on Monday.
Police produced the detainees before court on Tuesday and sought permission to interrogate them for seven days each. After a hearing, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abdullah Al Masud granted police two days each to interrogate the accused.
Students detained by Badda police are – Risalatul Ferdous, Redwan Ahmed, Rashedul Islam, Bayezid, Mushfiqur Rahman, Iftekhar Ahmmed, Reza Rifat Akhlak, AHM Khalid Reza, Tariqul Islam, Nur Mohammad, Simanta Sarkar, Iktidar Hossain, ZahidulHaq, and Hasan.
Those detained by Bharata police are – Azizul Karim, MasadMortuza Bin Ahad, FoyezAhmmed Adnan, SabenAhmmed, Mehedi Hasan, Shihab Shahriar, Shakhawat Hossain and Aminul Islam.
Lawyers of the students said their clients had been tortured by police in custody and that some of the students were actually detained when returning from classes.
Students of some private universities clashed with police on Monday as they tried to occupy streets demanding safer roads. A number of protesters were injured in the same incident.
In the remand plea, Badda police claimed students of East West and other universities obstructed vehicular movement on the Aftabnagar main road. They also vandalized vehicles on the street and attacked police.
Police told the court that the accused had vandalized the vehicle of Badda police station’s officer-in-charge. Police fired teargas after the accused tried to set ablaze Badda police outpost.
Bhatara police, their remand plea, claimed that the accused had attacked police in Bashundhara residential area with bricks, iron pipes and rods. The accused also vandalized nearby shops and smashed doors and windows of houses.
Kabir Hossain, one of the defence lawyers, told the court that police had physically assaulted his client, East West University student Redwan, and broke one of his fingers.