Police on fire; Shahbag turns into battle field

11 July,2013

Dhaka (RTNN): "Gonojagoron Manch has demonstrated here at Shahbag month after month, but the law enforcers did not make any bar to their sit-in, rather, extended all sorts of support. We demonstrate over here for civic, right and just cause, but we are being responded by police shooting. What type of democracy is it?"


The students, who gathered at Shahbagh intersection demanding cancellation of the quota system in recruitment to government jobs, were forced to leave the place on Thursday as police charged baton and lobbed teargas shells on them.
At least 55 students were also injured as they engaged in a clash with law enforcers during the police action.
Witnesses said the students gathered at the Shahbagh intersection for the second consecutive day on Thursday morning to press home their demand.
However, police swung into action around 11 am and lobbed baton charge and teargas shells on the agitating students and fired over 100 rubber bullets.
The students retaliated by pelting the law enforcers with brickbats.
Later, the unruly students retreated to the Dhaka University campus and vandalised five vehicles, including one of private TV channel ATN Bangla and two private cars, near the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC).
They also vandalised the office of the DU Vice-chancellor and the gate of his residence.
On information, police rushed there and lobbed teargas canister and fired several rounds of rubber bullets to disperse them.
At one stage, activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), equipped with lethal weapons, joined police and attacked the agitating students, leaving 20 injured.
Meanwhile, DU Proctor Amzad Ali flanked by BCL men went to the spot when he said the aim of the movement is not to press for demand for cancellation of the quota system but to create anarchy in the country.
A tense situation was prevailing at Dhaka University and adjoining areas following the incident.
Meanwhile, vehicular movement in and around Shahbagh returned to the normal in the afternoon.
Earlier on Wednesday, in the face of movement of students of different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Jagannath University, Dhaka College and Eden College against the public service quota system at Shahbagh intersection, Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) said it would review the 34th BCS preliminary test results.
The results of the 34th BCS preliminary examination were published on Monday.

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