Barishal University students block road as 11 injured in transport workers’ attack

Our Correspondent . Barishal | Published: 11:28, Feb 17,2021 | Updated: 00:31, Feb 18,2021


Barishal University students withdrew their protests and blockade on the Barishal-Patuakhali Highway on Wednesday evening after the university authorities assured them of legal and administrative actions against the people who were involved in an attack on students on the early hours of the day.

At least 11 students were badly injured in the attack that was reportedly carried on by a group of transport workers of Rupatali Bus Stop in the city.

Injured Nurullah Siddique, Sohanur Rahman, Ahsanuzzaman, Fazlul  Haque, Alim Salehi, Ali Hasan, Rajon Hossain, Mahbubur Rahman, Mahadi Hasan Emon, Miraz Hawladar and Sajeeb Sheikh were admitted at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for treatment. 

Students complained that transport workers attacked student messes at Rupatali Housing area at about 1:00am on Wednesday.

They blocked the highway and set fire to four buses hours after the attack.

The blockade halted road communications between Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirojpur and Jhalakati throughout the day.

Barishal University vice‑chancellor Sadequl Arefin said that students agreed to postpone their protests after the university authorities assured them of legal actions and protections.

Student leader Mahmudul Hasan Tomal said that they would resume protest if their three-point demand was not met.

The demand included an immediate arrest of attackers and the safety of students.

Locals and students said that two students of the university got in a scuffle with transport workers of BRTC bus counter at Rupatali bus stop on Tuesday afternoon over trifling matter.

At one stage, counter lineman Rafiq hit a student with the butt of a knife and assaulted another student.

In protest at the attack, a group of students led by Mahmudul Hasan Tomal blocked the highway in demand of the arrest of the lineman.

They gave up the protest after police arrested Rafiq in the evening.

Later, a group of workers attacked the mess of Mahmudul Hasan Tomal and some other messes on early Wednesday.

University proctor Subrata Kumar Das said that they rushed to the area and arranged treatment of the injured students.

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