Quota protesters want case withdrawal in 2 days

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

: Leaders of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sanrakkhan Parishad in a press conference in front of the central library in DU campus on Monday morning. Photo: Mosabber HossainQuota reform protesters on Monday demanded withdrawal of all cases filed against the protesters during quota reform demonstrations within two days, reports UNB.

Leaders of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sanrakkhan Parishad (Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council) also threatened to wage a demonstration afresh if their demand is not met within the stipulated time.

Nurul Haque, co-convener of the council, read out the written statement in a press briefing in front of the central library in DU campus around 11:00am.

Earlier on 11 April, four cases were filed against unnamed accused following the clash and vandalism in DU camps and its VC's house during the demonstration for the reformation of quota system in government jobs.

At the press conference, the agitating students also protested a report published by the 'Daily Ittefaq' which termed the protesters as 'Shibir'.

They also demanded for withdrawal of the news saying, "If the newspaper does not withdraw the report within 5:00pm today (Monday), all educational institutions and universities will boycott the newspaper from tomorrow (Tuesday)."

The leaders also demanded the arrest of the miscreants involved in the attack on the residence of the VC.

They also urged the authorities not to harass any students in the university dorm or the campus.

Earlier on Thursday, the council announced to stay all their protest programmes in response to prime minister Sheikh Hasina's decision to cancel all quotas for government jobs.

On 17 February, students and jobseekers started the movement to press for their five-point demand that include introduction of unified age limit in government jobs, review of quota system in government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, stopping taking benefit by job seekers under the same quota, filling vacant posts from merit list if the candidates from quota are not found and fixation of 10 per cent quota instead of existing 56 per cent.

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