The students marched towards the Shaheed Minar from TSC area of DU for the long march but were impeded by the police.
Manik Rakshit, spokesperson for the Minority Rights Movement, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We had planned to use three microbuses and a bus to travel to Nasirnagar, but police refused to let us board the bus.”
He said the students collected a total fund of Tk 1.9lakh with donations ranging from Tk5-Tk10. Their efforts to support and show solidarity with the victims of communal violence in Nasirnagar were rendered futile with police intervention.
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“We requested the police several times to let us board the bus, but they would not.”
“If the government does not take strong steps regarding the matter within November 30, we will intensify our movement,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hossain denied the allegations and told the Dhaka Tribune: “We arranged three microbuses for them, then how were we hindering the long march?”
“Postponing the long march was their decision, we were completely supporting the movement,” he added.
The long march was scheduled for Friday, Nov 18 and earlier announced in Shahbagh on Tuesday during a protest.
On Oct 30, a mob launched an attack on at least 17 temples and more than 50 houses belonging to the Hindus in Nasirnagar upazila over a inciteful Facebook post allegedly by a Hindu youth.
More than 100 people were injured in the attack. The ruling Awami League suspended three of its Nasirnagar unit leaders for their involvement. A total of 74 people have been arrested in connection to the attacks.