Bangladeshi current caretaker government declared public holiday for Thursday as curfew was clamped down on six divisional cities, including capital Dhaka, following countrywide student unrest.
The government Wednesday declared curfew in the headquarters of six divisions from 8 p.m. Wednesday and end with further order as the violence escalated in the country.
Press Information Department (PID) sources was quoted by private news agency UNB as saying on Thursday morning, all government, semi-government and autonomous offices will remain closed for the day.
But sources in the city said that despite the curfew many officers and employees of the government, semi-government and autonomous bodies set out in the morning for their respective offices as they were not intimated of the government decision.
The Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed said Wednesday night the curfew would be withdrawn immediately after situation improved in an address to the nation over state-owned radio and television.
The violence which started on Monday night was led by a quarrel between armymen and some students in Dhaka University playground when watching a football match.
The students held processions after the armymen beat some students, demanding withdrawal of the army camp from the campus and apology from Army Chief Moeen U Ahmed for the incident. They also demanded withdrawal of state of emergency imposed on Jan. 11.
The violence was escalated in the last two days which left one person killed and about 600 others wounded in capital Dhaka and other major cities.
In view of the situation, the government withdrew the army camp from the university campus and appealed to all concerned to maintain peace and discipline in public life and refrain from disorderly acts.
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