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20 quota reformists get bail

  • Published at 04:59 pm August 20th, 2018
File photo of quota reform movement leaders at a press briefing held in front of the Dhaka University Central Library UNB

Nineteen of them were arrested in a case filed over the vandalism of the DU vice-chancellor’s residence in April

A Dhaka court has granted bail to a total of 20 quota reform movement leaders and activists, including several joint conveners of the Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC).

Metropolitan Magistrate Sharafuddin Ansari passed the orders on Monday afternoon, said defence lawyers Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua and Md Jayedur Rahman.

Seven of the quota movement leaders who got bail are Faruk Hasan, Rashed Khan, Jasim Uddin, Toriqul Islam, Ratul Sarker, Md Mashiur Rahman and APM Suhel.

Nineteen of them were arrested over the past few months in a case filed over the vandalism of the Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor’s (VC) official residence in April.

Only Rashed was accused in that case and another filed under the ICT Act over spreading of rumours on social media surrounding the movement demanding reformation of the quota system in government jobs.

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police had filed the ICT case at Ramna model police station and the vandalism case was filed with Shahbagh police.

The DU VC’s residence was ransacked in the early hours of April 9 — following a demonstration of the students and clashes between them and police and Bangladesh Chhatra League men on the university campus on April 8.

BGSRPC, which comprises of students from both public and private universities and job seekers, has been spearheading the quota reform movement across the country since mid-February.