Road safety protest

11 university students denied bail again

11 university students denied bail again

Dhaka, Aug 16 (Just News): A Dhaka court today denied bail to 11 private university students accused of vandalism and attacking policemen during demonstrations for safe roads.

The students are - Shakhawat Hossain Nijhum, Shihab Shahriar, Saber Ahmed Ullas, Ajijul Karim Antar, Rashedul Islam, Md Hasan, Mushfikur Rahman, Redwan Ahmed, Reza Refat Ahmed, Shimanta Sarker and Iftekher Hossain.

Metropolitan Magistrate Laskar Shohel Rana passed the order after hearing the bail petitions.

Twenty-two students of seven private universities, who were arrested on the charges in two cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations, have repeatedly been denied bail by courts.

Earlier, the students appealed together for bail on August 7 and 9, but their petitions were rejected.

Four of them sought bail again on Sunday and eight others on Monday, but their prayers were also turned down.

The students of seven private universities -- East West, North South, Southeast, Brac, Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB), International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) and Asian University of Bangladesh -- were arrested on August 6 following clashes between students and police aided by alleged ruling party men in Bashundhara Residential and Bhatara areas.

However, those who attacked protesters and journalists with sticks and machetes during the demonstrations remain untouched.

Since the student protest for road safety began on July 29 bringing Dhaka to a standstill, at least 97 people, mostly students, have been rounded up in 51 cases in the capital alone over similar charges, according to Dhaka Metropolitan Police.