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CU Chhatra League clashes with police while on strike

  • Published at 11:17 am April 7th, 2019
CU shuttle train
File photo of Chittagong University shuttle train Courtesy

Additional security measures have been taken on the campus following the strike

A faction of Chhatra League has clashed with police on the Chittagong University (CU) campus.

The clash took place on Sunday during an ongoing strike called by the student organization. 

During the incident, a chase and counter-chase took place between the striking students and the police.

The clash started when the university authorities requested Chhatra League to call off the strike. Later, the police rushed to the scene and dispersed the strikers by firing tear gas shells.

The strike was enforced to press home their four-point demand, including releasing six of their activists from jail and withdrawing cases filed against them; withdrawing all political cases filed against CU Chhatra League activists since 2015; and removing CU Proctor Asgar Ali and Hathazari police station Officer-in-Charge Belaluddin Jahangir. 

Earlier, the university shuttle train service was temporarily suspended due to the strike.

A faction of the student organization put up barricades on the rail tracks on Sunday and abducted the locomotive master of the shuttle train that left Sholoshahar Railway Station around 7am, reports UNB.

They also took position at Zero Point on the campus, and started staging protests after padlocking the main gate. 

Railway Station Master (in-charge) Tonmoy Chowdhury confirmed that no university-bound train had left Sholoshahar station since the morning, after the loco master was abducted. 

Although the loco master was later released, train services remained suspended.

The station master said academic activities on the campus have been disrupted, as many students could not attend classes due to the unavailability of the shuttle service. 

Additional security measures have been taken on the campus following the blockade, Chowdhury added.