Students protest demanding road safety in Dhaka; journalists, students attacked


Two students of Dhaka’s Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College were killed when a speeding bus ploughed through a crowd on July 29 in an attempt to overtake another bus.

A large number of students took to the streets of Dhaka, following the incident, demanding improved road safety and stricter enforcement of traffic laws, bringing the city to a complete standstill.

The two students killed were identified as Abdul Karim Rajib (18) and Dia Khanam Mim (17).

Dozens of students have been injured by the police in clashes ever since the protests began, according to several media reports.

As many as eight journalists have also been allegedly beaten up by activists of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party, while they were covering the student protests on road safety in Dhaka.

Reportedly, the wounded journalists are undergoing medical treatment at various hospitals in the Bangladeshi capital.

The activists of AL’s front organisations – Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and its youth wing Awami Juba League physically attacked the journalists while they were reporting on the attacks on the students protesting at Science Lab and Jhigatola areas in Dhaka.

On a related note, a group of University of Asia Pacific students were assaulted by a group of motorcycle-borne men and vandalised their campus near Farmgate in Dhaka on Sunday.

As per eyewitnesses, the men, who are yet to be identified, attacked the students with sticks after which the students along with the school students took shelter in the campus of the University of Asia Pacific. The attackers then shattered the windows of the campus.

Allegedly, the students claimed that the miscreants were members from Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) Tejgaon College unit.



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