Students of Jahangirnagar University yesterday demanded release of the protesters who were arrested during the road safety movement and subsequently sent on remand.
The demand came from a human chain on the premises of Shaheed Minar organised under the banner of “JU Cultural Alliance” and “Progressive Students' Union”.
Police detained dozens of students who took part in the protest sparked by the death of two college students in a road accident on July 29. Many of them, including a JU student, were remanded on charges of “vandalism and attacks on police”.
Addressing the programme, President of JU Cultural Alliance Md Ashikur Rahman said, “Students wanted safe roads but they were remanded in return. The students are facing physical and mental torture in police custody, which might put their lives in danger.”
The JU students also condemned the arrest and “torture” of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, who was arrested on Sunday night after he spoke to Al Jazeera about the student movement. Among others, General Secretary of JU Chhatra Union Ariful Islam Anik, President of JU Chhatra Front Susmita Moriom, and General Secretary of JU Chhatra Front Mohammad Dider took part in the programme.