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12 East West students injured as police fire rubber bullets

Update : 09 Sep 2015, 11:55 AM

At least 12 students of East West University have been injured as police charged baton and fired rubber bullets on them while they were staging protest demanding the cancellation of VAT imposition on tuition fees of private universities.

However, the students of the university claimed that at least 50 students have been injured during firing rubber bullets and charging baton on their peaceful demonstration.

Bangla Tribune, a sister concern of Dhaka Tribune, has identified 12 students and teachers who were injured in the incident. All of them were undertaking treatment at Farazi Hospital in Banasree of Dhaka.

At least 300 students of East West University blockaded Malibagh-Rampura-Badda road near Aftabnagar Housing in the capital on Wednesday afternoon protesting the 7.5% VAT imposed on tuition fees of private universities, said Sajib a student of the university.

At one stage, police charged baton and fired rubber bullets on the protesting students to disperse them, leaving at least 13 students, teachers injured, he added.

Also Read: Private university students meet president for VAT withdrawal

The injured are Professor Tasfique Zabed, Deputy Registrar Tasfiqul Elahi Chowdhury, students Joy, Tanvir, Abir, Touhidul Islam, Shamim Khan, Alak, Badhan, Nazia, Munni, Himel.

Several thousand students of the university took to the streets to join protest and stayed on the road till 9:30pm.

However, when our Dhaka Tribune correspondent Kamrul Hasan contacted with Abdul Zalil, Officer-in-Charge of Badda police station, he denied the baton charge and firing rubber bullets on the protesting students.

The OC along with 5-6 others were injured as the agitaing students huled bricks on them.

The police official was too busy to talk over the incident.

Gulshan Zone DC Mustaq Ahmed told Bangla Tribune that on information law enforcers reached the spot and tried to quell the protesting students as huge traffic congestion created on the road due to blockade. But they did not pay heed to us.

“At one stage, the students were forced back into the university.”

The students of the private universities have been staging protest since the imposition of 7.5% VAT on their tuition fees.

Meanwhile, expressing dissatisfaction over the movement, Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith said VAT on tuition fees of private universities would not be lifted. 

Read More: Muhith: VAT on private universities will not be lifted

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