A female student who mobilised their fellows in recent protests related to quota reform in government jobs and road safety was remanded in custody for three days while bail applications of 13 other students were rejected by Dhaka’s metropolitan magistrates on Thursday.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Kazi Kamrul Islam remanded Lutfun Nahar Luma of Eden Mohila College for three days in police custody in one of the cases filed with Ramna police on August 5 under Information and Communication Technology Act 2006.
Lutfun is a joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, a platform that led the quota reform movement.
Police arrested her from Sirajganj early Wednesday.
Cyber security unit additional deputy commissioner Najmul Islam said that she had incited road safety protests through her Facebook posts.
Najmul did not clarify what exactly the posts were and said that interrogation was required for that.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police said that she was also an online activist.
Eight quota reform leaders were arrested since July.
At least 100 people, mostly students, were arrested in 52 cases filed against more than 5,000 unnamed persons in connection with violence and spreading rumours since July 29 over road safety protests following death of two students.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Kazi Kamrul Islam on Thursday rejected the bail petition of Sakhawat Hossain alias Roni alias Ratul, a joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, in a case.
The magistrate passed the order after hearing the bail petition, said Sakhawat’s defence counsel Jayedur Rahman. Earlier on August 6, a team of Rapid Action Battalion arrested Sakhawat from Joydebpur in Gazipur.
Another metropolitan magistrate Laskar Shohel Rana also rejected bail petitions of 12 private university students in two cases filed ‘over vandalism and attacks on police’ during road safety protests.
Twenty-two students of seven private universities, who were arrested in two cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations, have been denied bail by courts in two phases.
Earlier, the students appealed together for bail on August 7 and 9, but their petitions were rejected and they were sent to jail on completion of their two-day remand in the cases.
Four of them sought bail again on Sunday and eight others on Monday, but their prayers were also turned down.
The arrested students belong to East West, North South, Southeast, Brac, Independent University of Bangladesh, International University of Business Agriculture and Technology and Asian University of Bangladesh.
The private university students were arrested on August 6 following clashes between students and police aided by alleged ruling party men in Bashundhara Residential and Bhatara areas.
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