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Home minister: Police inactive as university authorities did not seek help

  • Published at 08:01 pm July 17th, 2018
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Chhatra League activists launched an attack on a quota reformists’ rally which was going towards the office of the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU), assaulting students and harassing the teachers who accompanied them on Sunday; July 15, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

He made the remarks after allegations were raised that the police played no active role when Chhatra League activists allegedly attacked faculty members and students on the DU premises, even though they were present nearby.

Police were inactive during the attack on quota reform activists on Sunday as they have no jurisdiction over the university campus, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

"The university authorities did not seek any help from law enforcers," said the minister. "As such, the police did not have any right to interfere."

The home minister made the comments at a program titled "Meet the Reporters" organized by Dhaka Reporters Unity at Sagar-Runi auditorium on Tuesday.

He made the remarks after allegations were raised that the police played no active role when Chhatra League activists allegedly attacked faculty members and students on the DU premises, even though they were present nearby.

Chhatra League activists attacked a quota reformists’ rally which was going towards the office of the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU), assaulting students and harassing the teachers who accompanied them on Sunday.

The incident took place around 1pm, after quota reformers organized a human chain to declare a 24 hour ultimatum to university authorities and call for the unconditional release of their leaders in police custody and arrest of those who attacked the reformists.


Also Read- Chhatra League activists attack quota reformists’ rally


On June 30, Chhatra League activists had reportedly attacked the quota demonstrators and foiled their scheduled press conference. The incident triggered protests at different universities across the country.

Two days later on July 2, Chhatra League activists attacked quota reformists in the Central Shahid Minar area again.

Asaduzzaman said even when an attack took place at the VC's residence on the night of April 9 - when a few unidentified masked people carried out vandalism and mayhem inside the house and looted valuables, and set fire to vehicles - the police only stepped in after university authorities requested their help.

"Police only intervened when they were invited to do so by the university authorities," said the minister. "Law enforcement agencies will never do anything if the authorities do not seek their aid."

He said the police are currently investigating the attack on the VC's residence.

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