Protest Against Fee Hikes At Public Universities
Over 100 injured as police swoop on agitating students
Over 100 students were injured in several clashes between police and two student bodies at Shahbagh in the capital city on Thursday.
During the clashes a number of vehicles were vandalised. The injured were admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the city for treatment.
Chases and counter-chases halted traffic movement in the area for a long time. Commuters were seen running for cover.
The Socialist Students Front (SSF) and the Diploma Medical Students' Association (DMSA) claimed that police swooped on them with baton, water cannons and tear shells.
A march to the University Grants Commission (UGC) was declared earlier by the Socialist Students Front protesting hikes in students' fees at the public universities.
But as the procession was brought out from the Central Shaheed Minar in the morning police resisted them.
Police tried to disperse the marchers by lobbing tear gas canisters and hot coloured water, which the students responded with stones.
Panic gripped commuters and school and college going students and their guardians. They were seen running to and fro for shelter.
The student body held a short rally at the altar of the Aparajeyo Bangla before they began to march to lay a siege to the UGC.
Police intercepted them in front of the Public Library resulting in the clash. The last clash took place between police and SSF activists at about 2:30pm.
A number of vehicles were vandalised at that time.
The DMSA was marching towards the Prime Minister's Office to drum up their four-point demands while the SSF to University Grant Commission (UGC) protesting hikes in student fees at public universities and medical colleges.
The Shahbagh and TSC areas witnessed the first clash between police and diploma medical students. The clash continued to 12:30pm beginning at about 11:00am.
The agitating students were seen to respond to police action by hurling brick chips.