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With sketches and cartoons on their placards, students of Dhaka University form a human chain at TSC on campus yesterday to protest the assault on women during the Pahela Baishakh celebrations on Tuesday.

Report Action Over Police Assault On Protesters

WT24 Desk
The High Court on Tuesday directed the inspector general of police to report by June 14 about action taken against some law enforcers for their brutality to the demonstrators who were demanding arrest of 14-April molesters.
The action would base on the police investigation into the police assault on the demonstrators including women folks during their march to Dhaka Metropolitan police commissioner office on May 10.
About 100 students under the banner of Bangladesh Chhatra Union marched towards the DMP headquarters demanding immediate arrest of culprits who sexually harassed women at Suhrawardy Udyan gate near the Teachers-Students Centre of Dhaka University during Bangla New Year celebrations on April 14.
The court also asked the government and police to explain within four weeks why the police action on demonstrators during their peaceful rally should not be declared illegal.
The home secretary, IGP, DMP commissioner, Ramna Zone deputy commissioner, the officers-in-charge of Ramna and Shahbagh police stations have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond today.
Before passing the order, Eunus deleted the word ‘female’ from his petition as the court asked him to treat female members as demonstrators.
Meanwhile, police suspended naik Anisur Rahman and closed him to Rajarbagh Police Lines on Monday for his involvement in the brutal incident, said DMP acting deputy commissioner for media SM Jahangir Alam Sarker.
The police formed two committees to probe the attack that left at least 21 students injured.
Police headquarters formed a three-member committee headed by deputy inspector general (operations) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun to investigate if police did excesses.
DMP formed a three-member committee headed by joint commissioner (logistic) Belalur Rahman to investigate police negligence in duty that allowed Bangladesh Chhatra Union activists to cross several barricades.
The committee was asked to submit the report in seven working days.
Police filed a general diary on the incident and five Chhatra Union activists, who were picked up from spot, were released on Sunday night, said Ramna division deputy commissioner Abdul Baten.
A number of Chhatra Union leaders and activists paraded towards the DMP commissioner’s office to lay siege to the office on Sunday. Different newspaper photographs on Monday showed that police dragged a female student and knocked and kicked her indiscriminately. The photographs sparked huge criticism against police brutalities.
The DMP probe committee will investigate police negligence in duty that allowed Chhatra Union activists to cross several barricades causing security threat to DMP headquarters and ministers’ residential area and huge traffic congestion, said a letter issued by DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia.
It will also investigate if police had any negligence that allowed Chhatra Union activists to attack police and their vehicles and what types of legal steps were taken against the activists.
On April 14, a number of young men sexually assaulted women at Suhrawardy Udyan gate that sparked public outrage. Since then, students and people from all walks of life continued with demanding action against the culprits. But, the police hardly made any progress in their investigation.

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