More than thirty public university teachers on Thursday demanded immediate and unconditional release of detained students, who had taken to the streets for road safety and reform of quota in public service recruitment Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on August 22.
In a joint statement, they said that the government took no interest to take action against helmet-wearing goons who attacked students
and journalists during the school children’s protests for safe roads rather it continued harassing students who protested against the attacks.
The government and law enforcement agencies violated the law and human rights by detaining protesters for quota reform and road safety implicating them in false cases and torturing them in custody, read the statement.
Expressing concern over continuous oppression and intimidation of protesting students, they demanded release of the detained students before Eid-ul-Azha so that they could join their families in celebration of the holy festival.
Jahangirnagar University teachers Anu Muhammad and Sayeed Ferdous, Dhaka University teachers Geeti Ara Nasrin, Tanzimuddin Khan, Fahmidul Huq, Samina Lutfa, Rushad Faridi, Robayet Ferdous, Chittagong University teacher GH Habib, Rajshahi university teacher Salim Reza Newton, among others, signed the statement.
Most of the leaders of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, the platform of the quota reform protesters, are now on the run fearing arrest and disappearance.
Many of them said that they were not living in their dormitories fearing torture by the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League while they could not stay at their houses fearing arrest as eight of their leaders had already been arrested since July.
Earlier on August 9, Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court sent 22 private university students to jail after they were interrogated for two days in police custody in two cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations allegedly for ‘attacking police’ during protests for road safety.
At least 100, mostly student protesters were arrested as police recorded 52 cases against over 5,000 unnamed people over violence during the student protests for road safety that ended on August 6 amidst police actions and attacks by pro-Awami League activists.
No case was recorded against the helmet-wearing attackers who swooped on students and journalists during the protests in Dhaka.
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