Over 50 injured as police, quota reform demonstrators clash at Dhaka University

April, 2018

Demonstrators vandalize the home of the DU vice-chancellor as sporadic clashes and running battles continue.

More than 50 people have been injured in violent clashes between police and students of various universities and job seekers, who have been demanding reformation of the existing quota system in government recruitment tests, at Shahbagh and Dhaka University (DU) areas.

An unknown number of protesters were also detained by police during the sporadic clashes and running battles that started in April 8, but was still going on in and around DU’s TSC intersection till the filing of this report April 9.

Several thousands of demonstrators had blockaded all four roads at Shahbagh intersection, one of the city’s busiest, as part of their nationwide demonstration Sunday to further push the government to meet their five demands.

The blockade had caused severe gridlocks and public suffering on all the roads going through Shahbagh.

The protesters, gathered under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, had demanded discussion of the quota reform issue in the parliament, latest session of which started Monday.

Most of the protesters then gathered at TSC where police continued their charge. They also used water cannons to put out a fire the demonstrators had started in front of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Source: DT