Government behaved cruelly with the students and jobseekers demanding reform in the quota system in government jobs, observed Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Monday.
While presiding over a programme at the National Press Club in Dhaka organised by Nagarik Oikya expressing solidarity with the quota reform protesters, he said the nature of cruelty and injustice faced by the quota reform protestors was unprecedented.
He also demanded end to the torture on students and sought unconditional release of the protesters.
Former student leader Mahmudur also demanded that the government should stop releasing confusing statement over the quota system.
He termed the protestors’ demand of reducing quota in government jobs as ‘rational.’
Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury, said a quarter had been hatching conspiracy to make the country a meritless one by allowing meritless people into public services.
‘People who are hatching the conspiracy should be identified,’ he said.
Dhaka University professor Asif Nazrul said it seemed that Chhatra League leaders were instructed by someone to attack the people who were criticising the government.
Injured students were being denied treatment by hospitals which was unlawful, he said
Law enforcers were not arresting the attackers, rather picked up victims, he said.
Bangladesh General Students Rights Action Council, a platform of students and jobseekers, took to the streets on February 17 and continued protests for reducing quota in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.
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