Police detain 61 protesters seeking review of quotas, release later

Our Correspondent | Published: 13:57, Mar 14,2018 | Updated: 00:11, Mar 15,2018


Police fire teargas shells to disperse demonstrating jobseekers at High Court intersection on Wednesday. Jobseekers blocked the road at the intersection demand reformation of quota system. — Sony Ramany

Police on Wednesday detained at least 61 protesters who were demanding the quota provisions be reviewed to allow recruitment on merit basis only for Bangladesh Civil Service and other government jobs when they went to the Ramna Police Station to release their three fellows detained earlier on the day.

Ramna Zone deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Maruf Hossain Sardar confirmed detaining the protesters who were later released at around 9:15pm.

Earlier, police foiled a bid of job-seekers to march towards the public administration ministry to submit a memorandum to press home their five point’s charter of demands.

Students, under the banner of General Students’ Rights Protection Council, demanded introduction of unified pass marks for all candidates of BCS preliminary test and review of quota system in Bangladesh Civil Services and other government jobs.

They also demanded fixation of 10 per cent quota instead of existing 56 per cent among others as only 44 per cent quota was fixed for appointments on merit in all government jobs.

Earlier in the morning, several hundred job seekers, including students of different universities, brought out a procession from Shahbagh as part of their scheduled program declared on March 4.

Police intercepted the procession as soon as it the High Court intersection also charged baton and fired teargas shells to disperse them, leaving at least seven people injured.

Later, the demonstrators took position at the intersection, blocking the road.

Police also detained three demonstrators on that time.

Rashedul Islam, coordinator of the movement said that police charged baton and foiled their peaceful movement without any provocation.

In protest of this attack the demonstrators declared candlelight vigil across the country on March 18.

Another coordinator of the demonstration Hasan Al Mamun said police detained their fifty eight fellows when they went to Ramna Police Station to release them.

Later, they took position in front of national museum in the capital demanding release of their fellows.

Police yet to release the demonstrators when the report was file at 7:30pm. 

Meanwhile, around two hundred students of Rajshahi University blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of the university main gate on Wednesday evening in same demands, reported New Age RU correspondent.

The students blocked the highway for half an hour from 7:00pm, making the vehicles of the both sides of road halted.

The students later bowed down the pressures of the university proctor and law enforcers and withdrew the blocked.

The agitators also declared that they would announce next programmes on Wednesday night.

In the meantime, Students of Jahangirnagar University also brought out a procession on the campus on the same demands.

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