Fuel price hike: Protesters booked for attempted murder

24

Dhaka, Aug 08: Police have filed a case on charge of attempted murder against the protesters who scuffled with law enforcers during a protest over the fuel price hike in capital’s Shahbagh area on Sunday.

They have been accused of “premeditatedly attacking the police with batons, brickbats and obstructing the duty of the police with the intention of causing grievous hurt and rioting.”

Shahbagh Police Station Sub-Inspector Palash Saha filed the case on Monday (8 August) under sections 143, 147, 149, 186, 332, 333, 252, 307 and 109 of the penal code.

According to case dockets, police named 21 leaders of leftist student organisations, and 20-30 other unnamed as accused.

Anik Roy, vice-president of a section of the Bangladesh Chatra Union, has been made the prime accused. Besides, Bangladesh Chatra Federation President Moshiur Rahman Khan Richard, Biplobi Chatra Moitri President Sadekul Islam Sohel, Gonotantrik Chatra Council President Arif Moinuddin, Pahari Chatra Parishad President  Sunayan Chakma, Biplobi Chatra-Jubo Andolon President Toufika Priya, Samajtantrik Chatra Front (Marxist) Acting President Joydeep Bhattacharya, former Samajtantrik Chatra Front Dhaka University unit president Salman Siddiqui, Chatra Union member Shanta and Chatra Federation’s Juba Moni were also accused.

The political identities of the other 11 were not mentioned in the case statement. According to the FIR, they are Sani Abdullah, Jabil Ahammed Zuben, Jawad, Bandhan, Adnan, Shahadat, Ivan, Anik, Dia Mallik, Tanjid and Tamjid.

Police in the case statement said the accused tried to block the road while holding a protest rally at the main Shahbag intersection without any permission.

“Police requested them to maintain normal traffic flow but the accused disobeyed and obstacle the traffic movement. The protesters also stopped the traffic by creating a frightening atmosphere with sticks and bricks in their hands through processions and slogans,” it read.

The statement also said when police tried to stop the protesters they attacked the law enforcers with batons and brickbats injuring AC Bayzidur Rahman and AC (Patrol) Baha Uddin Bhuyian.

“Later, the police dispersed the protestors by charging batons with the instructions of the higher authorities for saving their lives and the safety of the mass people,” it read.

At least 15 students were injured after police charged batons during a protest over fuel price hike. Three of the injured were admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Sunday.

Around 20-30 students – who earlier participated in the Safe Road Movement – started a protest under the banner “Nirapod Soroker Andoloner Shikkharthira” against the government decision to hike fuel prices in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh on Saturday night.

They continued the protest bringing out a procession at around 6pm on Sunday.

Police initially tried to stop the procession but got into a scuffle and chase-counter chase with the pickets.