September 29, 2013
Agitating students of polytechnic institution went on rampage in the capital on Sunday to press home of their 2-point demand, including elimination of professional discrimination against diploma engineers. As part of their demonstration, the protestors blockaded key roads and vandalized nearly 30 vehicles that led to sporadic clashes between the students and the law enforcers on the day.
The situation turned for the worse at Road-27 of Dhanmondi at about 12:30pm when around 400 students under the banner of Diploma Engineering Peshajibi Chhatra-Shikkhak Sangram Parishad staged a sit-in on the eastern side of the busy road, which connects Dhamondi, Mohammadpur, Hazaribagh, Lalmatia and Mirpur Road with the capital’s commercial hub, Motijheel.
Traffic inspector Sazzad Hossain said the protestors sat on the road demanding immediate steps from the Ministry of Education in meeting their demands. He said they initially managed them to withdraw the road blockade as several hundreds of vehicles, including buses and cars, remained stranded on both sides of the road.
“But immediate after that, some of them suddenly instigated the protestors towards vandalism,” he said, adding that around 30 vehicles were ransacked partially during the trouble. As the situation goes out of control, policemen charged batons and lobbed few rounds of teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators.
Several students were also injured because of the clash. Meanwhile, students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute halted vehicular movements for more than an hour from 10:30am at Saatrastha Intersection by blockading Moghbazar-Mohakhali road for realising their demands.
The protestors want the government to increase promotion quota of diploma engineers from 33 to 50 percent and end discrimination in salary structure. They also want diploma engineers to be described as ‘supervisor engineers.’
Source: BD Chronicle