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Muktijoddha Santan Sangsad demands quota restoration

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:31, Feb 24,2021

 
 

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Santan Sangsad on Tuesday afternoon blocked Shahbagh intersection demanding reinstatement of 30 per cent quota for them in government recruitments.

The sangsad, an organisation of freedom fighters’ descendants, brought out a procession at about 10:00am and barricaded roads causing huge traffic jam at Shahbagh and adjacent areas till evening.

Later, they blocked Shahbagh intersection to press home their seven-point demand, including restoration of 30 per cent quota.

The organisation’s president Solaiman Mia said that people of the country, earlier, demanded quota reform, not complete revocation.

Their demands are very-important-person status to freedom fighters and their descendants, special law to protect the freedom fighters’ families, and exclusion of anti-liberation people from the government list of freedom fighters.

Additional police was deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident during their demonstration.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner for Shahbagh traffic zone M Nurunnnabi said that the organisation’s leaders and activists withdrew their blockage in the evening.

Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad launched a massive quota reform movement in March 2018, forcing the government to put an end to the ‘discriminatory’ quota system.

Amid countywide student protests, the government issued a circular in June, 2019 abolishing the quota system in the civil service.

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