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Students go on rampage protesting fellow’s injury

Students go on rampage protesting fellow’s injury

June 29, 2008 - 6:34am BDT  Students go on rampage protesting (june 28, 2008)

Dhaka College students went on the rampage, set fire to a microbus and damaged scores of vehicles after one of their fellows had been injured in a road accident in front of the college on Saturday. The student also damaged the office of the college principal and assaulted some photojournalists during the trouble that erupted after a microbus had hit Saiful Islam, a first-year honours student of zoology, in front of the main gate at around 1:00pm, leaving him critically injured.

Saiful was taken to nearby Central Hospital from where he was shifted to Orthopaedic Hospital and undergoing treatment there till Saturday night. As soon as the accident occurred, a group of students present in front of the college gate started chasing the microbus while another group started damaging vehicles on the road. At least 15 vehicles were damaged.

The former group managed to catch the microbus in front of the Science Laboratory police outpost and they severely beat up the driver, Mohammad Idris Ali, until the police rescued him.

As the police took the driver at New Market police station, the students took the microbus on the campus and set fire on it. The vehicle was almost burnt before a team of Fire Service and Civil Defence reached the spot and doused the flame. Agitating students also pelted brickbats on the fire fighters while some of them vandalised the office of the principal.

They assaulted photojournalists Ali Hossain Minto of daily Inqilab, Sajid Hossain of Ittefaq, channel I Dhaka University correspondent Nazmul Hossain and his cameraman Mohsin Hossain as they went to cover the incident. They also tried to snatch away their cameras, but some senior students rushed to the scene and rescued the newsmen. Traffic on the busy Mirpur Road remained suspended for about one hour, causing serious tailback on different roads in the area. A large number of police and Rapid Action Battalion brought the situation under control at around 2:15pm.

Some students alleged that the college authorities had not paid any heed to their demand for setting up speed breakers in front of the college. They also said that they would stage demonstration on Sunday demanding construction of speed breakers.

The officer-in-charge of New Market police station, Anisur Rahman, told New Age that several teams of law enforcers had been deployed in and outside the college campus. ‘The situation is now under control.’

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