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BUP students call for nationwide class boycott Wednesday

  • Published at 08:31 pm March 19th, 2019
Demonstrators organize road blockade in front of Jamuna Furute Park at Kuril on Tuesday Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Students urged to take part in the movement with their identity cards

Demanding justice for Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, who died under the wheels of a bus on Tuesday, the university’s students have called for boycotting classes in all educational institutions across the country on Wednesday.

Hitting pause on the daylong demonstrations on Tuesday evening, BUP student Maisha Nur told reporters that their protests would continue Wednesday morning to press home their eight-point charter of demands.

She also urged the students of all schools, colleges and universities to come together for the movement and requested the guardians to allow their children to take part in it.

Saying their protests were part of last year’s movement demanding safer roads, she called upon the students around the country to stage a sit-in protest in front of their own educational institutions on Wednesday to push the authorities to meet the demands.

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Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury — an honours first year student of BUP’s International Relations Department — was run over and killed on the spot by a Suprovat Paribahan bus while crossing the road using zebra crossing in front of Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka’s Kuril around 7:15am Tuesday.

His death then sparked a massive daylong protest by the students of his university. They were later joined by students of other educational institutions.

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Maisha also sought their security from law enforcement officials during the movement, saying they do not want to see any bloodshed like last year’s road safety movement.

Their demands include checking of necessary papers, including driving licences on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of footbridges and speed-breakers on all risky roads and stopping plying of unfit vehicles.

Mentioning that their movement is not any political one, Maisha said they will not allow any political party’s participation in it, and urged the students to take part in the movement with their identity cards.