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Students resume protests over Abrar’s death

Staff Correspondent

20 March 2019,Wednesday, 11:56



Students have resumed their protests today for the second consecutive day in city’s Paragati Sarani area over the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury in road crash.

About 35/40 protesters belonging to different private universities gathered in front of Bashundhara Residential Area's main gate about 9:00 am.

And as the number increased within an hour, students started demonstration to force the authorities to accept their demands, including maximum punishment of the bus driver who killed Abrar on Tuesday.

Other demands include checking papers of drivers on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of foot overbridges, installing speed-breakers at risky points and stopping unfit vehicles from plying.

They shouted slogans demanding justice for Abrar, a first-year undergraduate international relations student.

Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died as a bus of ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ ran over him in front of the Bashundhara gate around 7:15am on Tuesday.

Students of various private universities instantly took to the streets and blocked the road in front of Jamuna Future Park and protested. They also set afire the bus that ran over Abrar’s death.

The protesters also called for boycotting classes at all the educational institutions across the country on Wednesday and urged the students to take position in front of their respective institutions to express solidarity with the protesters’ demands.

 

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