Law enforcers on Saturday foiled a protest rally and also detained at least seven demonstrators from the capital’s public library area as they were demanding to raise the age limit to 35 from 30 years for recruitment in public service.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Parishad, students from different universities and colleges and job seekers gathered in front of national museum at Shahbagh around 4:00pm to form a human chain to press home their demands.
The platform joint-convener Sudip Pal claimed that the police detained at least seven leaders of the platform from the spot when they tried to form a human chain.
He also said that they would continue their movement until police release their fellows and their demands were met. The next course of action of the platform would soon be announced, they added.
Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge Abul Hasan told journalists that they requested the protesters to hold the programme in front of Press Club as metro rail construction work was going on in Shahbagh area.
But the request went unheeded and instead the demonstrators tried to make chaos which prompted the police to detain 4-5 of them to interrogate, he added.
Some activists were seen taking position at the altar of Dhaka University’s Raju Memorial Sculpture after law enforcers barred them from joining the Shahbagh protest.
Currently, age limit for entering the public service is 30 years while retirement age is 59 years. Whereas, retirement age for freedom fighters is 60 years.
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