At least 60 hurt at JU as police charge baton on quota protesters

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At least 60 students were injured as the police charge baton against quota protesters to disperse them on Dhaka-Aricha highway near the Jahangirnagar University campus.

Witnesses said some 2,000 students under the banner of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, (Bangladesh General Students’ Right Protection Council), brought out a procession around 9 am from the central library of the university and block the Dhaka-Aricha highway around 10 am, disrupting traffic movements on the busy road.

At least 60 hurt at JU as police charge baton on quota protesters.

At one stage, police charged baton, teargas shells, and rubber bullets to disperse them that triggered a chase and counter-chase.

Sixty students were injured during the police action and they were taken to Enam Medical College Hospital.

Meanwhile, the government holds talks with the quota reform protesters in the wake of escalation of protests across the country over the quota systerm.

Following overnight violence over demonstration at and around Dhaka University campus demanding reforms in quota system in public service, protests were held on all major campuses across the country on Monday.

The protesters under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokhon Parishad (Action Council for General Students’ Rights) have in the meantime gave a deadline for the release of around 25 demonstrators who were detained.

Against this backdrop, ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader convened a meeting with the demonstrators on Monday afternoon.

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