Curfew in Dhaka after students clashes leave 400 injured

The military-backed interim government in Bangladesh imposed an indefinite curfew Wednesday in the capital Dhaka and six other cities following massive student protests against the emergency laws imposed since January.

Curfew in Dhaka after students clashes leave 400 injured
The military-backed interim government in Bangladesh imposed an indefinite curfew Wednesday in the capital Dhaka and six other cities following massive student protests against the emergency laws imposed since January.

At least 400 people were injured in the street battles between student protesters and security forces since early Tuesday on a university campus in the heart of Dhaka, officials and witnesses said.

The interim government issued stern warnings against the rioting students after a special cabinet meeting was held, presided over by de facto prime minister Fakhruddin Ahmed.

The government also announced the withdrawal of all soldiers from the campus and a judicial probe into the flare up of violence across the country.

The clashes erupted when unruly students torched a police bus on the campus of Dhaka University demanding the withdrawal of an army camp from the university premises.

In a charter of demands, the students called for the lifting of the state of emergency which prohibits protests and other political activities.

The escalating violence spread to universities and colleges across the country, Home Ministry sources said.

One person was killed in a university in the northern city of Rajshahi when police opened fire Wednesday on demonstrating students.

The violence also gripped university campuses in Chittagong, the country's main port city and in the southern industrial city of Khulna.

More than a dozen policemen were also injured in the hit-and-run street battles as rioting students smashed billboards and passing cars, paralyzing vehicular traffic in the city.

The army camp was set up on the campus following the declaration of a state of emergency amidst political turmoil in January.

The authorities shut down Dhaka University, a hotbed of student violence, and ordered all students to vacate the dormitories immediately.

DPA
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