10 quota reform activists freed from jail

Staff Correspondent | Published at 07:18pm on August 21, 2018


Leaders and activists of quota-reform movement were received by fellows in front of Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj after their release on Tuesday. New Age photo

Ten leaders and activists of quota-reform movement, accused in cases filed with Shahbagh police station, were freed from Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj on Tuesday around noon.

They were released at about 12:00pm, sources in the jail said.

‘A total of 10 protesters demanding quota reform, including seven leaders, walked out of jail on Tuesday noon,’ said Nurul Huq Nur, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council that had launched movement for reform of quota system in public service recruitment since February.

They are Faruk Hasan, Rashed Khan, Moshiur Rahman, Shakhawat Hossain, Jashimuddin Akash, Sohel Islam, Tarikul Islam, Masud Sarder, Saidur Rahman and Atikur Rahman, he said.

The quota reform leaders were granted bail by two metropolitan magistrates in Dhaka, New Age’s court correspondent reported.

They were arrested since July in three cases filed with Shahbagh police station 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 Technology Act lodged by a leader of Bangladesh Chattra League.