Comilla University: Chase and counter chase between students and police

Prothom Alo

At least 20 including students, police and journalists were injured as police intercepted quota reform protesters in Comilla University today, Thursday.

The police created obstacles to the protesters near Ansar camp as the students were approaching to block Dhaka-Chattogram highway as part of the ongoing ‘Bangla Blockade’ announced across the country demanding reform of quota system in government jobs at around 3:15pm.

At one point of the commotion, student hurled brick chips targeting police. The law enforcers charged baton and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. The police action ensued a chase and counter chase. The injured were rushed to hospitals on university ambulance.

Quota reform potesters hurl brick chips at police during the clash in Comilla University on 11 July
M Sadek

Cumilla's additional police superintendent (crime) Khandakar Ashfaquzzaman told Prothom Alo from the spot that they are trying to calm the students down.

He claimed the protesters attacked first.

The students said the police intercepted them as they were heading towards Kotbari area on Dhaka-Chattogram highway as part of the centrally announced programme. At one stage the protesters and police locked into a clash. A chase and counter chase again ensued in front of Ansar camp after a while.

At 4:30pm, the students headed towards Kotbari after talking with police. The students assured police of observing their blockade programme peacefully. They also threatened to retaliate if police obstructed them in observing their programme. The police later cleared the way for the students as they approached Kotbari.