Protests by Rajshahi College students for death of fellow students in a road crash
Nirapad News : Rajshahi College students continued with their protests on Monday blocking road in front of the college pressing for immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the drivers and helpers of two busses that collided on Sunday killing three and injuring 22 female students of the college. The college authority was observing 4-day mourning programme including class suspension, wearing black badge and prayers. The police filed a case and the college administration formed a committee to investigate the accident. Three female students who died in the collision were Mahmuda Haque of social work, Sharmin Akter of management and Tania Khatun of Islamic history department after the bus hired for female students of the college, plunged into a ditch colliding head-on with another bus in front of the Katakhali Jute Mills under Paba upazila, about 6km off the college, on Sunday while they were returning from the college. Police form Boalia police station and Detective Branch rushed there and urged the students to call off the road blockade. The agitated students withdrew the blockade at noon as the college principal, Habibur Rahman, assured them of the arrest of the drivers and helpers of the two busses. Some of the students, however, gathered again at Shaheb Bazar zero point at about 1:00pm and staged fresh protests. The police dispersed the protesters charging batons after a while, witnesses said. They also formed a five-member committee body to investigate the matter. Headed on mathematics department professor Mosharraf Hossain, the probe committee includes Bangla department teachers Faruk Hossain and Waliur Rahman, history department teachers Kamal Hossain and management department teacher Abdur Razzak. The police filed a case with the Motihar police against the drivers and helpers of the two busses on Sunday night. The investigative officer of the case, Mostafa Jamal, said that this was a very sensitive case.