Police, BCL foil anti-quota demos in DU, BUET, DMC; 50 held

12 July,2013

Dhaka (RTNN): Police on Thursday foiled the attempts of the students of Dhaka University (DU), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) and Dhaka Medical College (DMC) to stage demonstrations against the quota system in recruitment to government jobs.

The law enforcers thwarted the bid of DU students to hold their prescheduled rally at Shahbah intersection around 3pm demanding cancellation of the job quota.
Witnesses said a good number of DU students gathered at the intersection to hold their rally.
But police did not allow them to stay at the junction. They also detained 50 suspected protesters from Shahbagh area.
Earlier, police and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the associate student body of the ruling Awami League, foiled an attempt to hold a prescheduled procession by BCS job seekers on the Buet campus in the morning.
Campus sources said a good number of policemen and BCL activists took position at the entrances and inside Buet in the morning preventing students from gathering there to hold their prescheduled procession.
On the other hand, police foiled another programme of DMC students, also against the job quota, at the Central Shaheed Minar at noon.
After they were forced to leave Shahbagh intersection on Thursday, the students agitating against the BCS job quota announced to hold fresh programmes on Friday
In the face of a protest by the students from different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University,Jagannath University, Dhaka College and Eden College against the public service quota system at Shahbagh intersection on Wednesday, 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, triggering the protests as only 12,033 candidates, out of 225,575, qualified for the BPSC’s written examinations.

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