Students rallying for reform of quota system in government jobs once again took to the streets on Tuesday for three-point demands, including unconditional release of fellows and punishment of those who attacked protesters on different campuses.
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, the platform that launched the movement for quota reform in mid February, brought out a procession from the Dhaka University central library in the morning.
They also demanded immediate publication of gazette notification reducing the quota in public service recruitment to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.
Addressing a rally following the procession in front of the central library, platform joint-convener Nurul Huq Nur, who appeared for the first time in any protests after being beaten by Chhatra League activists on July 30, said that they would continue the peaceful protests until the demands were met.
He also announced withdrawal of their previous programme of boycotting classes.
Nur said that earlier they suspended protests after prime minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament had announced the abolishment of quota system, but there was no progress in this regard.
Activists of ruling Awami League-backed student body the Chhatra League and law enforcers carried out attacks on the protesters time and again and many protesters were detained in jail which was totally unacceptable by any means, Nur added.
He also threatened to go for tougher agitations if there was any recurrence of such attacks and arrests.
Nur urged the prime minister to sit with them so that they could convince her.
On Quota review committee, Nur said that it was nothing but a conspiracy not to abolish the discriminatory system.
Left student body Bangladesh Chhatra Federation also held a photo exhibition titled ‘Repression Now and Then’ in front of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union which showcased ruling parties’ student bodies’ atrocities on general students in 2002-2018.
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