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Students scuffle with cops

Sit-in in front of BRTA today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Students scuffle with cops
Students engage in a scuffle with police during their demonstrations at Shahbagh intersection in the capital on Monday, demanding half bus fare. – Md nasir uddin

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The students staging demonstrations to meet their various demands, including half bus fares, scuffled with police at Shahbagh in the capital on Monday.

The protesters were marching towards Shahbagh intersection from TSC on the Dhaka University campus, witnesses said.

When their procession came close to the National Museum at about 12:00pm, police obstructed them, leading to a scuffle between students and police, they said. Police later dispersed the protesters, they added.

People allege that the students were continuing their protest programmes every day though the government has been trying to make a negotiation with the transport owners to take half fares from students.

Ignoring the government’s attempt, students continue with their programmes, resulting in huge gridlocks on city roads.

Even, emergency vehicles, including ambulances, got stuck in the traffic jams, witnesses said.

The agitating students will stage a sit-in in front of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office today to realise their nine-point demands, including half pass on public transport.

Hundreds of students from different educational institutions took to the street at Nilkhet crossing and came up with the declaration around 12:30pm on Monday.

The students of Dhaka College, City College and some other colleges blocked the road and staged a demonstration and announced the sit-in. Earlier on Saturday, the pupils declared a siege to the BRTC provided that it would not meet their demands and publish a gazette notification.

On Monday, the students of schools, colleges and universities staged demonstrations at Shahbagh, Shantinagar and some points of the city to meet the same demands.

They said they would also participate in the sit-it.

Meanwhile, a big number of students from Dhaka Imperial College blocked the road at Rampura as a staff of Raida Paribahan pushed a female student from the bus.

The students of Rajarbagh Police Lines School and College, Wiles Little Flower High School and Habibullah Bahar College took position on the road at Shantinagar.

They also brought out a procession and marched towards Kakrail and returned to Shantinagar again.

And they blocked the road and chanted slogans for their realising their demands. They left the road around 1:45pm, said police.

They said if a notification on the half pass would not issue Tuesday, they would declare further programmes from the BRTA office.

They said that they were yet to be assured on the issuance of notification and meeting their other demands.

In the meantime, police foiled an attempt of eight left-leaning student organisations to block Shahbagh intersection to press home their various demands, including half fare.

The leaders and activists of seven left-leaning organisations brought out a procession from Dhaka University’s TSC area at noon, said Moudud Hawladar, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station.

When their procession got close to the National Museum, police obstructed them, leading to a scuffle between the students and police. Police later dispersed the protesters.

They also demanded the withdrawal of the increased fare of public transport, stopping the sitting service system, half fare for workers of different industries, issuance of a gazette notification over the half pass for students, ensuring justice over the death of Notre Dame College student Naeem Hasan and road safety.

The students of Dhaka Imperial College took to the street in front of Bangladesh Television building around 2:30pm.

Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Rampura Police Station, said that a female student of the college by a bus of Raida Paribahan was returning to her residence after taking Covid-19 vaccine from Mugda.

On information, the classmates and others of the college rushed to the spot and blocked the road, demanding punishment for the bus staffers, he said. They intercepted about 40 buses of the paribahan and later police brought the situation under control after talking to the students, he said.