1,200 students sued over Shahbagh clash

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Dhaka, July 21: An attempt to murder case has been filed accusing 1,200 unidentified protesters of seven colleges for getting involved in clash with police at the city’s Shahbagh area on Thursday morning.

The case filed with Shahbagh Police Station at about 8:30pm on Thursday also accused the protesters for obstructing police in their work, said Shahbagh Police OC Abul Hasan.

The 13 protesters, detained during Thursday’s scuffle, would be handed over to the authorities of their respective colleges, he said.

Students of seven government colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University assembled on road near the National Museum at Shahbagh on Thursday morning to press home their 7-point demands including announcement of their examination schedule.

The colleges were Dhaka College, Eden Girls College, Begum Badrunnesa College, Govt Titumir College, Kabi Nazrul Islam College, Shaheed Suhrawardy College and Mirpur Bangla College.

At one stage of their peaceful demonstration, police charged batons and lobbed teargas shells, leaving several students injured. Police also detained 13 students from the spot and kept them confined at Shahbagh police station custody.