What set off the violence at New Market?

Clashes broke out over the setting up of an iftar table between two fast food shop owners

Various sources have claimed two reasons behind the clashes between students and shopkeepers.

One source said the clashes broke out over the setting up of an iftar table between two fast food shop owners in the New Market area on Monday. 

There are two fast food shops beside gate No 4 of New Market named "Welcome" and "Capital".

Then one of the shopkeepers set a group of Dhaka College students against their competitor. That was when the situation turned into violent clashes between the traders and the students.    

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“It all started from a food shop near gate No 4 of New Market (on Monday night). Some students had an argument with the employees of the shop, and soon after the students of Dhaka College arrived and launched an attack,” said New Market Shop Owners Association President Shahin Ahmed.

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“The students also tried to commit arson and looted several shops. If the police had not arrived on time, they could have set the market on fire,” he told an online newspaper.

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When contacted, Saheb Ali, in charge of New Market police outpost, told the media: “As far as I know some students of Dhaka College got involved in the clashes involving fast food shopkeepers, and then this series of clashes took place.”

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Dhaka College student Shakhawat Hossain said: “Three students wanted to pay a little less than what was charged there at night. At one point, the shop staff attacked and injured them with sharp weapons."

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“The students vandalized [shops] after the news spread.

“I later came to know that 15 people had been injured, and seven of them were students who had been shot,” he said while speaking to the online outlet.

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A number of shops were vandalized and several traders were also physically assaulted in the attack.