Cops foil citizens’ demo, assault DU teacher; BCL attacks condemned
Sayeed Muhammad: Police have purportedly picked up at least two persons and manhandled a Dhaka University teacher when a platform of parents and teachers gathered at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka for holding a demonstration.
They protest was aimed at expressing concern over the detention of quota reform leaders, reports The Daily Star.
The detainees are Rehenuma Ahmed, a former teacher of Jahangirnagar University, and Baki Billah, a former student leader, said Zonayed Saki, chief coordinator of Ganasanghati Andolan.
The law enforcers also manhandled Fahmidul Haq, a teacher of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University, he claimed.
Around 4:00pm yesterday, parents and teachers under the banner of “Udbigno Obhibhabok o Nagorik” gathered on the Press Club premise, expressing their concern over the attacks being carried out on quota reform protesters and the reported inaction of the law enforcers in the matter.
But police foiled the gathering saying participants of any protest or demonstration would be detained immediately.
Meanwhile, students of Dhaka University today condemned Bangladesh Chhatra League’s attack on quota reformists at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
The students under the under the banner ‘Students against Repression’ formed a human chain at the foot of Raju Sculpture near Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) around 12 noon.
“The students seeking govt job quota system reform have a just demand and throughout history just demands have faced obstacles,” said Umme Habiba, president of the platform, adding, “But, we urge everyone not to backtrack but continue the movement against quota in civil service.”
The students held the protest programme a day after at least 13 people were injured in the BCL-led attack on quota reformists — six at Dhaka University and seven at Rajshahi University.
Another group of students under the banner of ‘General students’ formed separate human chain at the Dhaka University campus yesterday.