Eminent citizens, intellectuals and rights activists in a joint statement on Wednesday demanded punishment of attackers on students in the movement for reforming quotas in government jobs.
They expressed concern over the attacks on the students in the quota reform movement and also their guardians by Bangladesh Chhatra League men.
They described the series of attacks as inhuman and against fundamental rights.
They said that the attacks by BCL men on the student protesters and on their guardians by the police created ‘an anarchic situation’ in the society.
They termed the ‘barbaric attacks’ at a news conference called by the quota reform movement leaders as ‘cowardly and unconstitutional.’
The statement signed by 50 eminent citizens, intellectuals and rights activists demanded withdrawal of all the cases filed against the quota reform movement leaders under Information and Communication Technology Act.
The signatories included professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, Sramik Nirapotta Forum president Hameeda Hossain, educationist Rasheda K Chowdhury, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, freedom fighter Zafrullah Chowdhury, jurist Shahdeen Malik, Drik and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute founder Shahidul Alam, writer and columnist Rahnuma Ahmed, rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan, jurist Sara Hossain and professor CR Abrar.
In a separate state, rights body Ain O Salish Kendra also condemned the attacks on reform movement leaders.
It expressed concern over university authorities’ inaction and the role of law enforcement agencies following the incidents of such attacks on the campuses.
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