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Police disperse govt job age limit protesters from Shahbagh, detain 4

  • Published at 04:25 pm October 28th, 2018
Shahbag protest
Police have dispersed protesters, who are calling for a decrease to the age limit for entry into government jobs, from the Shahbagh intersection, detaining at least four Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The protesters were demanding that the age limit for government jobs be increased to 35 from 30

Police have dispersed protesters, who are calling for an increase to the age limit for entry into government jobs, from the Shahbagh intersection— detaining at least four. 

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon.

The protesters, who had been blocking the intersection since Saturday, were demanding that the age limit for government jobs be increased to 35 from 30.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Ramna police station HM Azimul Huq confirmed the matter, saying that even though police asked the protesters not to let their numbers increase on Sunday morning, they did not pay heed, and more people continued to join the protest. Police then chose to disperse them as their presence were causing suffering to the general public.

He also said that the four would be questioned about the activities of their organization.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Parishad Convener Sanjoy Das told journalists that not four, but five joint conveners-- Riana Haque, Nodi, Jubayer, Samia, and Nadia-- of the organization had been detained by law enforcement.

“We will announce our next course of action soon,” he added.

Some activists, after being barred by law enforces positioned themselves in front of Dhaka University’s Raju Memorial. 

Following the expulsion of the protesters, vehicles have once again begun to drive through the area normally. 

On Saturday, around 500 students of various colleges and universities, belonging to Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Parishad, united to form a blockade at the Shahbagh intersection around 12:30pm to get the government to accept their demands. The group continued to hold their position throughout the night amidst pouring rain.

While the important intersection was blocked, there was severe traffic congestion in alternate routes, with many people having to abandon their transportation to walk to their destinations.