Bangladesh: Agitating Rajshahi University students lifts off rail blockade

The agitating students of Rajshahi University lifted the rail blockage on Monday, that had prevented the district’s rail connections with other areas in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

On Sunday night, the Rajshahi-Dhaka rail line was cut off by the protesting students, and at least six passenger trains were stuck. Following the altercation with the villagers on Saturday, they also set fire to the railroad near Charukola Point, which is close to Rajshahi University Train Station, at around 8 o’clock.

Almost 200 individuals were hurt in a fight between Rajshahi University students and villagers, including campus journalists.
On Saturday, a fight broke out close to the university’s Binodpur gate. The argument is said to have been about bus seats, at least 10 university journalists reportedly suffered injuries due to a scuffle, according to the Dhaka Tribune.

Several local businesses were set on fire by the students during the altercation, and the police station next to the university’s Binodpur entrance was also damaged.
Following the event, the students demonstrated by hanging the lock in the administrative building on Sunday morning.

In the Motihar police station on Sunday afternoon, 400-500 unidentified people were named in a complaint submitted by Rajshahi University Registrar Prof M Abdus Salam.
In addition, police detained a man following the altercation between RU students and neighbours on Sunday.

A report published in the Dhaka Tribune read, eight students of Rajshahi University have embarked on a fast-until-death to further emphasise their seven-point demand, which includes the abolition of the proctor.

A three-person committee has been established by the administration of Rajshahi University to look into the incident involving conflicts between students and villagers.
The committee was established by the university administration and is chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof M Humayun Kabir.

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