50 injured as police, students clash at Shahbagh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 19,2017 | Updated: 00:54, May 19,2017

 
 
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front

Police thwart a procession brought out by Medical Assistant Training School students to press home their four‑point demands at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Thursday. — Indrajit Ghosh

At least fifty students were injured as police clashed with Medical Assistant Training School students and activists of Socialist Students Front at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Thursday.
Medical Assistant Training School students blocked the road stretches from Shahbagh to TSC of Dhaka University after police barred them to march towards the Prime Minister’s Office.
The MATS students have been staging demonstration since April 26 to realise their four-point demand, including higher education facility and honorarium for interns.
They gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka and brought out a procession towards the Prime Minister’s Office at about 12:30pm to submit an application to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.
Police stopped the procession at Shahbagh and students reacted.
At one stage, police and students chased each other leaving a female police member injured.
Law enforcers fired several tear gas canisters and used water cannons to disperse the protesters leaving twenty students and two policemen injured.
Agitating Students also vandalised at least ten vehicles during the clash.
Meanwhile, more than 20 people were injured during a clash between police and Socialist Students Front activists at Shahbagh.
SSF secretary Nasir Uddin Prince said 20 to 25 activists were badly injured and they were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Police picked up at least 20 SSF activists during the incident, he claimed.
Earlier, the activists of SSF held a rally at the foot of Aparejeya Bangla on Dhaka University campus in the morning demanding that the University Grants Commission scraps its 20-year strategy paper on higher education and lower education expanses.
When they started marching towards UGC office at about 12:45pm, police thwarted the procession by firing rubber bullets and teargas shells.
They also sprayed hot water from water cannons and charged batons to disperse the students.

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