Ten leaders and activists of quota reform movement, accused in cases filed with Shahbagh police, were freed from Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj on Tuesday.
They were released around midday, sources in the jail said.
Ten protesters—Faruk Hasan, Rashed Khan, Moshiur Rahman, Shakhawat Hossain, Jashimuddin Akash, Sohel Islam, Tarikul Islam, Masud Sarder, Saidur Rahman and Atikur Rahman—walked out of jail on Tuesday noon, confirmed Nurul Huq Nuru, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council that has been demanding reform of quota system in public service recruitment since February.
They were arrested at different times since July in three cases filed with Shahbagh police in early April for vandalising Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s residence and obstructing police duty.
Rashed Khan was also shown arrested in a case with the same police station under Information and Communication Technology Act lodged by a Bangladesh Chattra League leader.
With the 10, a total of 32 protesters for quota reform and safe roads were released ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Though the courts granted bail to 74 students on Sunday and Monday, professionals arrested on allegation for spreading rumour, including acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam and woman entrepreneur Faria Mahjabin, were not granted bail.
Actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed was freed on Tuesday after being given bail on the same day.
The arrests of students and others were made after protests for safe roads, initiated by students of schools and colleges after a bus racing two others ploughed through a crowd of students killing two students at Kurmitola in Dhaka on July 29, flared up across the country including in Dhaka streets.
The students left the streets on August 6 following attacks on the students and journalists allegedly by activists of ruling Awami League and front bodies, including Bangladesh Chhatra League, and the police.
At least 100 people, mostly students, were arrested in at least 52 cases filed with different police stations against 5,000 people.
None on the attackers on journalists and students was arrested.
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