'BCL opened fire on protesters'

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Dhaka University students return to their dorms after nightlong protest for reforms in the existing quota system in the public service. Photo: Prothom AloActivists of ruling Awami League's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League opened fire on the quota reform seekers to disperse them from Dhaka University campus early Monday, alleged witnesses.

According to the witnesses, some reform seekers took position at Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall at night after daylong protests, demanding reforms in the existing quota system in the public service.

The demonstrators at the DU residential hall were beaten up by BCL leaders and activists when a BCL rally led by its president Saifur Rahman and general secretary SM Zakir Hossain reached there around 6:00am from in front of the DU vice-chancellor's residence.

Many protesters were also injured at this. At one stage, the protesters and general students chased the BCL leaders and activists who retreated from the scene opening fire on the protesters, said the witnesses.

Protesters take position in front of Doel Chattar on DU campus. Photo: Prothom AloMost of the protesting students stayed in Curzon hall area of DU where they also clashed with the police.

Police fired several rounds of teargas shells on the protesters.

A number of protesting female students got stuck inside DU's teacher and student centre (TSC) during the protests and clashes. They later returned to their halls on Monday morning.

At least 50 protesters were injured in clashes with the police when the law enforcers charged batons, teargas shells, and rubber bullets to disperse the job reform seekers from Shahbagh intersection on Sunday evening.

Agitated protesters also vandalised the residence of DU vice chancellor (VC) at night.

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