Activists of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad staged a demonstration in Dhaka city today, protesting "false cases, detention and police action" against them including former Ducsu vice-president Nurul Haque Nur.
While demonstrating in front of the Jatiya Press Club earlier today, they also called for protests across the country over the issue and pressed three-point demand.
Before that the protesters brought out a procession from Doyel Chattar around 11:00am and staged demonstration in front of the Press Club. Later they went to National Museum at Shabagh, our Dhaka University correspondent reports.
The platform's joint convener Farukh Hasan told The Daily Star, "Today we have placed three demands: withdrawal of the case filed against us, state must bear the treatment cost of the victims who were injured during police action yesterday, and our movement would not be hampered in the future.
He added, "At least 50 of us were injured during the attack yesterday. Of them, 10 have sustained severe injuries and they have been taken to different hospitals. Four of us fell sick here and they will be taken to hospital too."
"When we were bringing out a procession and parading towards Dhaka University, we faced police interruption at TSC. Procession and meeting are our constitutional right, then why police bar us," he said.
Joint Convener Ariful Islam said, "We talked to police yesterday at Matsya Bhaban that we would carry on a peaceful programme. But they attacked us from behind, putting barricade in front of us."
"Four female members of the parishad, who were present there, were assaulted at that time and one of them was picked up into a vehicle. And the rest were taken to the hospital," he added.
Nahid Islam, a student of DU's sociology department, said, "Yesterday, when I was on the way to Matsya Bhaban, some policemen stopped my rickshaw and told me that we are Shibir activists. And then they detained me. A false case has been filed against us."
The protesters asked about the identity of those in plain clothes during yesterday's attack.
They must be arrested, they demanded.
Around 120 to 150 protesters were in front of the National Museum.
The protesters were shouting slogans against detention of its six members, among whom five were made accused in the case.
Nur, who was not present during today's demo, is the joint convener of the platform since a movement over reformation in the quota system in all class of government services in 2018.
On Sunday night, a DU student filed a rape case with Lalbagh Police Station accusing Nur and five members of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, police said.
Last night, Nur and six members of the platform were detained for protesting the filing of the case. They were later released.
The other five accused are: Hasan Al Mamun, convener of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad; Nazmul Hasan Sohag and Saiful Islam, joint conveners of the platform; Nazmul Huda, vice-president of the platform; and Abdullah Hil Baki, a DU student.
Mamun is the main accused in the case, and Nur and the others were accomplices, according to police.
In the statement, the victim said that on January 3, Mamun called her to his home in Nababganj and raped her.