Protesters for reform of quota in public service recruitment protested against threat to their two top leaders allegedly given by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists to shoot them as their indefinite strike at public universities continued for the third day on Wednesday.
The protestors alleged that Shahbagh police did not record their general diary on the threat. They demanded security of all protesters and alleged that a vested quarter was issuing death threats to them to divert the movement.
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, the platform for the protesting students, on Monday went on the strike at public universities after the expiry of the ultimatum for issuance of a gazette notification abolishing quota system, announced by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11.
Two conveners of the platform Nurul Haque Nur and Rashed Khan alleged that a group of activists of the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation led by its outgoing vice-president Imtiajuddin Bappi, Dhaka University fine arts faculty unit general secretary Fahim Limon and Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall unit general secretary Mehedi Hasan Sunny threatened to shoot them to death.
Nurul said that Chhatra League activists came to his room at Mohsin Hall, where Nurul and Rashed were staying, between 1.30am to 2:00am.
‘You are holding protests against the government…after gazette notification we will beat you, shoot you in the street,’ Nurul quoted Imtiajuddin as telling them.
Imtiajuddin and Mehedi, however, denied the allegation.
‘An altercation took place between us as Nurul and others were making posts on Facebook hacking pages of my juniors,’ Imtiajuddin said.
Dhaka University proctor Golam Rabbani decline to comment, saying that no allegation was reported to them.
Nurul at a press conference in front of Dhaka University central library in the afternoon alleged that Shahbagh police declined to record their general diary on the matter.
Shahbagh police station office-in-charge Abul Hasan said that they could not record the general diary immediately as ‘a student organisation and the university administration are involved in the matter.’
The protesters in the morning brought out a procession protesting against death threat to their top leaders and for the strike, continued for the third day.
At a rally after the procession near Dhaka University’s Anti-Violence Raju Memorial Sculpture, platform convener Hasan al Mamun said that a vested quarter was issuing death threats to protesters to divert the movement and destroy the image of government.
Nurul and Hasan said that they would continue the strike until the issuance of the gazette notification abolishing quota in government jobs.
No classes were held at most of the departments of Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, at some departments of Jahangirnagar University, Chittagong University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet, Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur, Barisal University and others during the strike.
The protesters took to the streets on February 17 for reducing quota in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.
In the face of protests across the country, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 that the quota system in government jobs would be abolished.
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