STORY: Bangladeshi students in India’s eastern Jadavpur University took to the streets on Monday (August 06) protesting against the attack on students by Bangladesh police back in their country.
Bangladeshi students in eastern India, including the All India Students Democratic Association (DSO) burnt the effigy of Bangladesh police and also staged a protest outside the Bangladesh High Commission demanding that the Bangladesh government agree with the terms of the students. The crowd of the students was seen breaking through the barriers, trying to enter the High Commission building and had argument with the Indian police over not letting them through.
The crowded capital of 18 million in Bangladesh’s Dhaka, has been paralysed by angry school and college students demanding changes in transport laws following the July 29 deaths, when a privately-operated bus ran over a group of students. The Bangladesh police recently fired tear gas shells and bullets on the protesting students, injuring many. Defying government warnings to end the protests, students in school uniforms have blocked most of Dhaka’s roads, setting up checkpoints that let through only emergency vehicles.
One of the protesters said that although the demands made by them (Bangladeshi students) are justified, the Bangladeshi armed forces conducted unprecedented attacks on them.
More than 4,000 people die in road accidents each year in Bangladesh, one of the world’s highest rates. Traffic laws are poorly enforced and the students blame the private bus network for mishaps in a city choked by massive traffic jams.