Dhaka, Tue, Apr 2019


Students announce countrywide class boycott Wednesday

Staff Correspondent

19 March 2019,Tuesday, 20:13

Photo: UNB

Photo: UNB

The students of private universities, who took to the street protesting the death of one of their fellows in a road accident in the capital today, called for boycotting classes in all the educational institutions across the country on Wednesday to press for their eight-point demand.

Maisha Noor, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), announced the programme of class-boycott while talking to reporters after withdrawing their road blockade in the afternoon, what they started after the death of their fellow Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury in road crash in the morning.
According to the announcement, the students will assemble in front of Bashundhara Gate at Pragati Sarani on Wednesday morning to press for the demands and urged the students of all the educational institutions to take position in front of their respective institutions to express solidarity with the demands.
“Our movement will start from Wednesday morning and will continue until demands are met. We call upon the students of all educational institutions to boycott their classes on Wednesday and express their solidarity with us taking position in front of their respective institutions,” she said.

Meanwhile, newly-elected Vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Nurul Haq Nur expressed his solidarity with the students in the afternoon.

He went to the spot after 4pm and expressed his solidarity with the agitating students.

The victim, identified as Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, son of Brig General (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury of Bashundhara area and honours 1styear student of International Relations Department, killed in the accident took place in front of Bashundhara gate of PragatiSarani area in the capital around 7:15 am.

Sub-inspector of Gulshan Police Station, Jahangir, said the accident occurred when a bus of ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ ran over Abrar, leaving him dead on the spot.

On hearing the news, students of several private universities, including that of Independent University of Bangladesh, North South University, American International University of Bangladesh, took to the street and blocked the road.

They chanted slogans demanding the capital punishment of the bus driver.

Dhaka North City Corporation's (DNCC) mayor Atiqul Islam went there and talked to protesting students, who demanded capital punishment of the driver and building of a foot over-bridge in the area.

The students instantly placed an eight-point demand to the mayor, which include maximum punishment of the bus driver responsible for the death of Abrar, checking of necessary papers including driving license on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, ensuring capital punishment of the accused driver within a short time, construction of foot over-bridge and speed breaker on all risky roads, stopping plying of unfit vehicles and others.

They also threatened their movement will continue until they get assurance from the government over fulfilling their demands.

The Mayor assured them that their demands will be fulfilled.

Around 12:30 pm, the agitating students set fire to the killer bus but the locals doused it.


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