Jagannath University was closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday
following violent clashes of the varsity students with policemen that left
around 100 people injured.
Of the injured, 15 were admitted to National Medical
College Hospital, 20 to Sumona Clinic and the rest took primary treatment at
different hospitals and clinics in the capital.
Witnesses said several hundreds students of the varsity gathered in front
of the Shahid Minar on the campus as per their pre-scheduled demonstration
programme at around 9:30am.At one stage, a group of students were trying to march towards Bangabhaban
to lay siege to Bangabhaban to realise their demand for vacating 12 dormitories
of the varsity, which are occupied by influential persons.
The clash ensued when the law enforcers intercepted the marching students
and charged batons on them. The agitated students locked in brick battle with
the police men for two hours.Police lobbed more than 117 teargas shells and fired rubber bullets to
disperse the demonstrating students who took to the streets in protest against
the illegal occupation of 12 dormitories of the varsity by influential people.
The old Dhaka turned into a battle field during the clashes between the
students and the police personnel for two hours.Later, the unruly students damaged a number of vehicles
and roadside business establishments, and attacked the vice-chancellor’s office
and a branch office of Bangladesh Bank in old Dhaka, blockading the busy
Sadarghat-Johnson road which caused a severe traffic jam.