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Protesters fear fresh revenge attacks

Panicked guardians, relatives crowded police stations demanding release of arrested students: DU, BFUJ, seek punishment of attackers

Panicked guardians, relatives crowded police stations demanding release of arrested students: DU, BFUJ, seek punishment of attackers
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Guardians and fellow students gathered in front of the Shabagh Police Station on Tuesday demanding release of students of arrested during movement for safe road.

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Md Joynal Abedin Khan  :
Protesters from different educational institutions, including government and non-government schools, colleges and universities, are now apprehending further attacks on them for their participation in the countrywide 'road safety' movement.
They pointed their fingers towards the activists of ruling party's student wing Bangladesh Chhtra League (BCL) as they carried out attacks on protesters and journalists in the capital and in different other parts of the country during the students movement.
A vested group of BCL activists have given threats of severe consequence to the demonstrators in different educations institutes,  including Mohammapur Residential School and College, Viqarunnesa School and College, Dhaka University, Jahangir Nagar University, Brack University, East West University and Chattargam University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), it was alleged.   
Earlier, heads of educational institutions and other teachers there gave ultimatum to demonstrating students for disciplinary actions against them, they said.
Even some universities, including East West, North South and Brack, have declared shut their institutes for indefinite period until order, fearing revenge attacks.
In the latest, CUET authorities issued an order to leave the students from halls as BCL activists have taken position in the main gate with arms, said our local correspondent.
In Teajgaon, police on Tuesday released 37 students, who were detained during student protest on Monday, into the custody of their parents.
Earlier, a large number of guardians and relatives of the detainees gathered in front of the Tajgaon Police Station and demand release of the arrested students.
These protesters were being kept at Tejgaon Industrial Police Station. But they have not been sued.
Meanwhile, hundreds of journalists and photojournalists formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the attacks on them when they were covering the students' protests. Dhaka Union of Journalists arranged the programme.
"I am urging the Information Minister and the Home Minister to sit with the journalists and try to identify those who played a role in the attacks and ensure their punishment," said BFUJ Secretary General Shaban Mahmud.
Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) President Abu Jafor Shurjo said, "I would like to tell the law enforcers that if you cannot ensure the security of journalists when they are discharging their duties then what is your duty?"
Photojournalists and freelancers also held separate human chain at the same place. The programme was organised by Bangladesh Photojournalist Association.
Earlier around 11:00am, Meanwhile, journalists form a human chain in front of SAARC Fountain at Karwan Bazar, Dhaka at around 11:00am on Tuesday and demanded immediate arrest of those who attacked some of their colleagues during the ongoing student protest.
They also warned to launch tougher programmes if the government fails to arrest the attackers within the next 72 hours.
Demanding the arrest by analysing video footages, the journalists said, "It's not difficult to arrest the attackers as there are video footages.
Students of Dhaka University (DU) have demanded punishment for those responsible for attacks on them earlier this week.
They gathered in front of Raju sculpture on Tuesday afternoon and led a procession to the proctor's office.
Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani assured them of taking measures against those responsible, Abu Raihan Khan, one of the students said.
On Sunday, scores of student protesters were injured following attacks on their demonstrations demanding safe roads.  
In Chittagong, CUET authorities have closed the university till August 27 and ordered male students to vacate their dormitories by 5:00am of Tuesday, and female students by 10:00am today (Wednesday).
The university made the decision at a meeting chaired by CUET Vice-Chancellor Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Eid-ul-Azha vacation has been announced by some days earlier than the expected date for the sake of students' safety in the wake of the ongoing student protest for safe roads," Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam told newsmen after the meeting.

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