'A total 17 leaders and activists of Awami League and its associated wings were injured in the attack'
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said a group of political infiltrators within the students’ safe-road demonstration attacked the Awami League president's political office at Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.
He added that the infiltrators were from BNP and Jamaat, and they were instigating violence among the protesters.
Obaidul, also the Road Transport and Bridges minister, made the statement at a press briefing at the Awami League president's political office yesterday.
“A total 17 leaders and activists of Awami League and its associated wings were injured in the attack. They have already been admitted to the nearby Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital,” Obaidul said.
“Those who attacked the AL office were not students. BNP and Jamaat are trying to turn the movement violent. The instigators will be found,” he added.
Earlier in the morning, the minister had said: “We have already accepted all the demands of the students. Implementation of some of the demands is underway.”
“Now we are requesting the students return to their homes, because of the chance of political infiltration. A political group is trying to misuse the demonstration for their own purposes,” he added.
He also urged the students to return home so the transport system would return to normal.
“The Road transport Act will be placed at Monday's cabinet meeting for final approval. The act suggests capital punishment for fatal road accidents,” he said.
Furthermore, Obaidul asked guardians of protesting students to ensure that their children were not misled by miscreants into doing “their heinous work.”