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Police foil DU students’ demo at Shahbagh

  • Published at 06:46 pm August 6th, 2018
Police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrating students of Dhaka University in Dhaka's Shahbagh on Monday, August 6, 2018 Fahim Reza Shovon/Dhaka Tribune

Ten people injured and at least three detained following clashes

Police have clashed with students of Dhaka University (DU) in the capital’s Shahbagh during their attempt to foil a demonstration of the latter, organized to protest Saturday’s and Sunday’s attacks on students.

At least 11 people were injured and three students detained by police during the clashes Monday afternoon.

The detainees were later identified as Mahmudul Hossain Ishadi, Istiak Ahmed and Md Sajib.

According to this correspondent, a faction of protesting students clashed with police while they were marching towards the Shahbagh intersection around 3:30pm.

Police lobbed teargas shells, used water cannons and charged batons to disperse the students, who later retreated to their campus.

Around 12:30pm, students of different departments of DU brought out a procession that marched through different points of the campus before heading towards Shahbagh.

However, the police stopped them in front of the National Museum from taking position at the Shahbagh intersection, one of the busiest spots in the city.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Ramna Division Additional Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hasan Sardar said: "Police took action after the protesters started throwing brickbats. Some protesters have been detained."

Sources at the Shahbagh police station confirmed that three student protesters were detained yesterday and a total of 40 from different areas of the city so far.

Several injured

Students claimed that at least 10 of them were also injured and had been treated at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

One of those injured was identified as Abhimita, 25. A police constable named Imanul, 22, was also treated at DMCH for a nose injury, reported our DMCH correspondent.

They were taken to the hospital around 4:30pm and released after receiving treatment.

More protests

The DU students, however, around 7pm brought out a torch-lit procession in protest against police brutality on their demonstration.

At a rally held at the TSC intersection, they also called for a strike today in the university.

Meanwhile, students of a number of departments from DU’s business faculty also formed a human chain on campus protesting the recent attacks on students.

The latest demonstrations follow Saturday and Sunday’s attacks on students of different schools and colleges, who have been on the streets for the past eight days demanding safer roads and justice for two college students who were killed in a road accident on the city’s Airport Road on July 29.

As the movement for safe roads spread nationwide, the school and college students were joined by students of different public and private universities in Dhaka and elsewhere over the past two days.

The situation went out of control when police and alleged activists of ruling party affiliate organizations came into the scene, and tried to quell the protests by force.

On Sunday, over 100 protesters were injured following attacks on their demonstrations.  More than 20 on-duty news reporters and photojournalists were attacked and injured by the unidentified men wielding sticks, metal roads and sharp weapons.

Throughout yesterday police and alleged ruling party men clashed with students of North South University and Independent University Bangladesh at Bashundhara Residential Area, and East West University at Rampura.