Thirteen more students arrested over recent protests for road safety were released from Dhaka Central Jail on Monday while 32 more detained student protesters, including seven for reform of quota in public service recruitment secured bail.
The 13 took to 22 the number of private university students, arrested on August 6 in cases with Bhatara and Badda police stations during protests for road safety, released from jail. The 22 are among 42 students granted bail on Sunday.
Dhaka central jail senior superintendent Iqbal Kabir Chowdhury said that they released 22 students on Sunday and Monday.
Though the courts granted bail to 74 students, none of other professionals arrested on allegation for spreading rumour, including acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed and woman entrepreneur Faria Mahjabin, were granted bail.
Quota reform movement platform Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council joint convener Nurul Huq Nur said, ‘One of our leaders, Eden College student Lutfun Nahar Luna, is yet to get bail.’
The students released on Monday included eights of South East University, two of North South University,
and one each of Independent University of Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Asian University of Bangladesh.
They are Risalat Ferdous, Aminul Haque, Jahidul Haque, Nur Mohammad, AHM Khaled Reza, Redwan Ahmed, Rashedul Islam and Tariqul Islam, Shakhawat Hossain, Azizul Karim, Shihab Shahriar, Bayezid Adnan, and Saber Ahmed.
They were arrested in connection with cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations on August 6.
The release and bails came amidst protests in home and abroad for their release as their petitions for bail were rejected earlier.
The arrest of students and others came after protests for road safety, initiated by students of schools and colleges after a bus racing two others ploughed through a crowd of students and other killing two students at Kurmitola in Dhaka on July 29, flared up across the country including in Dhaka streets. At least 100 people, mostly students, were arrested in at least 52 cases filed with different police stations against 5,000 people.
On Monday, Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Kazi Kamrul Islam granted bail to eight students, including quota reform movement leaders Sakhawat Hossain Roni, Rashed Khan, Toriqul Islam, Moshiur Rahman and Jasim Uddin, said Sakhawat’s lawyer Jayedur Rahman.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansari granted bail to 17 students, including quota reform movement leaders Atikur Rahman, Faruk Hasan and Sohel Ahmed, said government legal aid lawyer Prashanta Karmakar, who appeared for the 17.
The court, however, rejected a petition seeking bail for quota reform leader Lutfun Nahar Luma and sent her to jail in a case filed on allegation of ‘spreading rumours on social media and instigating violence’ during the recent student protests for road safety.
Inspector Rafikul Islam of cybercrime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police produced Lutfun, arrested in Sirajganj on August 15 in a case filed with Ramna police station under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, before the court after interrogation in custody for three days.
Besides, seven other students secured bail from chief metropolitan magistrate Md Saifuzzaman Hero’s court Monday afternoon, sources in the court said.
The quota reform movement leaders were arrested on different dates in four cases filed with Shahbagh police station on allegation of vandalising Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s house, assaulting police and preventing them from discharging their duties.
Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council has been staging protests since February for reduction of quota in the government jobs.
Students, mostly of schools and colleges, took to the streets for road safety and justice for killing of two fellows in road accident in Dhaka on July 29. They left the streets on August 6 following violence caused by attacks on them by police and activists of the ruling Awami League and front bodies, including Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Woman entrepreneur Faria Mahjabin, arrested on August 16 and later shown arrested in a case lodged with Hazaribagh police station on August 17 on allegation of spreading rumours by uploading videos of student protests, made a statement before metropolitan magistrate Delwar Hossain reportedly regretting her acts. The court sent her to jail.
Sub-inspector Majedul Islam of Hazaribagh police station produced her before the court
Metropolitan magistrate Mahmuda Akhtar on Monday rejected the bail prayer of actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed and sent her to jail in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology Act on allegation of spreading rumours on social media during the recent student protests for safe roads.
A number of Dhaka metropolitan magistrates granted bail to them after hearing their separate bail petitions.
Earlier on Sunday separate courts here granted bail to 40 private university students, accused in separate cases filed over vandalism and attacks on police, during the student movement demanding safe roads.
Many private universities were arrested in separate cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations on the ninth day of the road safety movement on August 6.
Later, they were denied bail several times.
Protests flared up across Bangladesh on July 29 when two college students were crushed under the wheels of a bus in Dhaka city’s Kurmitola area.
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