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Student protests enters seventh day

School and college students returned to the streets for the 7th consecutive day on Saturday although the government has asked them to return to home saying that it has accepted all their demands.

The protesting students were seen regulating traffic, checking documents of drivers as part of their ongoing agitation seeking safer roads.

Some students gathered at Shantinagar intersection around 10:00am and they were seen regulating traffic and checking licences, said witnesses.

Visiting different areas in the capital, UNB reporters found gatherings of students at Science Laboratory intersection, Asad Gate intersection,Mirpur-10, Panthapath intersection, Technical intersection, Mouchak intersection and Uttara House Building areas to press home their demands.

They were chanting slogans as usual, ‘We want justice’.

At Mohakhali, agitating students stopped a flag car carrying state minister for education Kazi Keramat Ali at noon. Driver of car failed to show his valid license. Students urged police for filing case against him and let the car to leave. Keramat was silent in the car.

State minister for Education car
Students stop a car carrying state minister for education Kazi Keramot Ali at Mohakhali on Saturday. — New Age photo
In Chittagong, students gathered at GEC intersection in the city and staged protests.

Earlier on July 29, Diya KhanamMim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road which sparked protests among the students across the country to meet their 9-point demand.

Meanwhile, people continued to suffer in the capital and elsewhere in the country as long-route bus service remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday protesting alleged vandalism of vehicles during the ongoing student movement for safe road.

In an apparent counter-programme, bus owners on Friday stopped operating long-route buses in different districts protesting ‘vandalism’ during the ongoing demonstrations of students.

Although the bus operators resumed the service at night they suspend it again during daytime.

In Dhaka, no long-route buses left the capital from Mohakhali, Gabtali and Saidabad bus terminals in the morning, said officers-in-charge of Darus Salam thana Selim-uz-Zaman and Jatrabari thana Kazi Wazed.

Besides, the bus services remained suspended in Chuadanga and Mymensingh for third the consecutive day and Khulna, Natore, Joypurhat and Chapainawabagnj for the second day.


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