Students hold protest rallies in Shahbagh against fuel price hike

Some students staged a demonstration for one hour at Shahbagh intersection after failing to block the transports

Different student organizations including left leaning Bangladesh Students’ Federation staged rallies protesting the sudden rise in fuel prices in front of National Museum at Shahbagh on Saturday.

The procession of Bangladesh Students’ Federation started from in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh which rounded via Kantaban and ended in front of Bangladesh Students’ Federation’s central office in front of Hatirpool Bazar.

Meanwhile, the progressive student alliance held a separate protest rally.

Besides, some students staged a demonstration for one hour at Shahbagh intersection after failing to block the transports.

The government on Friday night raised prices of diesel by Tk34 per liter, octane by Tk46 per liter and petrol by Tk44 per liter.

"Common people are already in hardship to cope with the rise of living costs. Government's looting of Public property and mismanagement led people toward this suffering,” the protesters said.

"The illegal fascist government is increasing the price of fuel oil without maintaining any policy. Fuel is a strategic product which will affect the prices of electricity, agricultural products, bus fares and other services," Bangladesh Students’ Federation General Secretary Soikot Ali said.

Moshiur Rahman, president of Bangladesh Students’ Federation, held the government's import policy responsible for the fuel crisis and said: "They adopted a short term policy to import for quick rental power plants instead of inventing its own gas fields and domestic resources. Price hike of the fuel oils will lead to increased bus fares and hamper food productions.”

President of Bangladesh Students Union Faiz Ullah said: "The government has been looting people’s pockets and joshing with the people in the name of mega projects without keeping any specific account of import and export."

"Though the country has fallen in a bad state, the leaders of Awami League are getting richer. Those who could not eat fifteen years ago, have become owners of crores of taka by getting involved with the politics of Awami League," he added.