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Chhatra Federation demands Shahidul Alam’s release

  • Published at 09:31 pm September 6th, 2018
Bangladesh Chhatra Federation
A member of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation speaking at a protest rally, demands the unconditional release of celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam at the Dhaka University campus, on Thursday, September 6, 2018 Fahim Reza Shovon/Dhaka Tribune

While a procession from the rally was marching towards the Home Ministry to press demands, they were blocked by law enforcers in front of the secretariat which lead to a short scuffle between the protesters and police around 1pm

Left-wing student front Bangladesh Chhatra Federation has demanded immediate and unconditional release of celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam, in front of the Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture at the Dhaka University.

The front brought out a rally on Thursday where they also demanded to release two of their activists and other detained students who took to the streets demanding safe roads and quota reform system.

While a procession from the rally was marching towards the Home Ministry to press demands, they were blocked by law enforcers in front of the secretariat which lead to a short scuffle between the protesters and police around 1pm.

Chhatra Federation’s Central President Golam Mostofa while addressing the rally said: “The government did not take any action against helmet wearing goons who attacked the students and journalists during the school children’s peaceful demonstrations for safe roads but imprisoned Shahidul Alam and protesters.”

He also warned that the government will face the same fate like other autocrat governments of the past, if they did not step back from their fascist attitude towards democratic movements.

Golam also demanded immediate release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam, two of their Chittagong Metropolitan Unit leaders Maruf Hossain and Ajiur Rahman Ashraf and all the detained students who protested on the streets demanding safe roads.

General Secretary Jahid Sujon said the government’s behaviour towards others have shown their shameless fascist attitude, which is happening on a regular basis. He demanded the restoration of citizens’ unfettered fundamental rights to live and enjoy these rights.

They also announced the holding of another protest rally across the country pressing the demands,on September 17.

Earlier, school and college students took to the streets across the country for nine days, demanding road safety and justice for two fellow students who were killed by a speeding bus at Kurmitola in the capital on July 29.

Shahidul Alam and at least 37 others, mostly student protesters, were arrested. Police also lodged at least 34 cases against them but no case was recorded against the helmet wearing attackers who swooped on students and journalists. 

On August 5, detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence and a case was filed against him with Ramna police station the following day, and placed on a seven-day remand.

Police claimed that he had spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.

Earlier on September 4, a High Court bench expressed embarrassment during the bail hearing of the eminent photographer. However, they did not disclose a reason for it. 

Regulations dictate that the case will now be forwarded to the chief justice, who will then decide on another High Court bench for the hearing of Shahidul’s bail plea.