Vandalism on streets
Unruly university and college students yesterday set ablaze a bus, vandalised 20 vehicles and put up barricades on roads in separate clashes in the capital's Kakoli, Mohakhali and Mirpur.
Police detained 38 students of Jagannath University (JNU) for vandalising 10 vehicles at Kakoli bus station and counters of Provati and Banasri Paribahan following arguments with transport workers on Monday over bus fare.
The law enforcers also seized a BRTC double-decker that carried the students.
In another incident, students of Titumir Government College set fire to a bus of Bengal Paribahan and damaged at least seven others after a brawl with the company staff over bus fare. They also put up barricades on the road in front of the college at Mohakhali disrupting vehicular movement for over an hour.
Besides, students of Mirpur University College and Commerce College clashed at Mirpur section-2 at around 6:30pm following a previous dispute. At least 10 people were injured and five vehicles were damaged in the clash.
A group of JNU students got into arguments with staff of Provati and Banasri Paribahan at Kakoli and clashed with them at around 3:30pm.
Later, the students tried to escape the scene by a BRTC double-decker. But Khilkhet police intercepted the bus at Kuril and arrested the students after being informed by Gulshan police.
Police said some students of South East University also joined the JNU students in the clash with transport workers.
Sub-Inspector Ashraf Hossain of Khilkhet Police Station said the arrestees were kept in custody and the process of filing a case with Gulshan Police Station was underway.
Meantime, about 200 students of Titumir College took to the streets at about 12:30pm after a brawl between some college students and a supervisor of Bengal Paribahan over bus fare, witnesses said.
Kamal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, said the students set fire to a bus of Bengal Paribahan and went on the rampage. Later, police brought the situation under control.
Some college students claimed workers of Bengal Paribahan pushed them out of a running bus after they got into an argument with them.
The workers however claimed the students did not pay them bus fares.
Students of Mirpur University College and Mirpur Commerce College clashed at Mirpur section-2 and vandalised several vehicles disrupting vehicular movement on the road for about an hour.
Witnesses said the clash broke out after some students of Mirpur College beat up several students of Commerce College intercepting the bus that was carrying the Commerce College students.