Chhatra Federation demands release of Shahidul, protesters

Our Correspondent . Dhaka University | Published: 18:53, Sep 06,2018


Bangladesh Chhatra Federation holds a rally near Bangladesh Secretariat as they march towards home ministry demand release of photographer Shahidul Alam and detained student protesters on Thursday.-- New Age photo

Bangladesh Chhatra Federation on Thursday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, two of their activists and all the detained students who had taken to the streets demanding safe roads and quota reform.

Leaders and activists of the student wing brought out a procession from Aparajeya Bangla of Dhaka University and marched towards home ministry to press home their demands and police intercepted them near Bangladesh Scretariat leading a short scuffle between the protesters and police.

At an impromptu rally there, Chhatra Federation’s central president Golam Mostofa said the government took no interest to take action against helmet wearing goons who attacked students and journalists during the school students’ demonstrations for safe roads but imprisoned Shahidul Alam and protesters.

He also warned that the government will embrace same fate like other autocrats of the past if they do not step back from their fascist attitude towards democratic movement.

He demanded the immediate release of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, two of their Chittagong Metropolitan unit leaders Maruf Hossain and Aziur Rahman Ashraf and all the detained students who had taken to the streets demanding safe roads.

General Secretary Jahid Sujon said that governments continuously choked the voice of dissents also showed their shameless fascist attitude on regular basis.

He also demanded the release of Shahidul Alam and all the detained student protesters and the restoration of citizens’ unfettered fundamental rights to live and enjoy their rights.

They also announced to hold protest rallies on September 17 across the country to press home their demands.

School students took to the street for nine days since July 29 demanding road safety and justice for two fellow students who were killed by a speeding bus at Kurmitola in the capital earlier in the day.

Shahidul Alam and at least 37 others, mostly student protesters, were arrested and the police lodged at least 34 cases against them but no case was recorded against the helmet wearing attackers who swooped on students and journalists.



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