Dhaka's rail link with the rest of country suspended as anti-quota protesters put up barricades

Dhaka's rail link with the rest of country suspended as anti-quota protesters put up barricades

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Commuters suffer on blocked roads in capital


Publisted at 4:38 PM, Wed Jul 10th, 2024

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Train communications between Dhaka and other parts of the country have been suspended as quota protestors put up barricades on the Karwan Bazar level crossing and Mohakhali level crossing in the capital, causing immense suffering to commuters.

Protesting students from different universities blocked the level crossings by placing logs around 11am as part of the countrywide "Bangla Blockade" programme protesting the reinstatement of quota in public service.

Ferdous Ahmed Biswas, officer-in-charge of Dhaka Railway Police Station, said the students put up a barricade on the level crossing near Karwan Bazar around 11 am, disrupting the train communication.

Tanim Ahmed, a private university student, said their movement will continue till evening.

About the Supreme Court’s status quo order for four weeks regarding the High Court’s earlier order to reinstate the quota system in government jobs, he said, “Quota system needs to reform and until that, we will continue our movement.”

Protesters gathered at the Shahbagh intersection and chanted various slogans against the quota system, bringing vehicular movement in the area to a halt.

Besides, a group of students blocked Karwanbazar FDC point road, disrupting traffic movement.

Meanwhile, students were seen blocking roads in Mohakhali Amtoli, Science Laboratory and Merul Badda, halting traffic.

In some areas, commuters were seen trying to reach their destinations on foot.

The quota protesters have been observing the ‘Bangla Blockade’ programme in the capital and other parts of the country blocking different intersections in the capital, railways and highways in other parts of the country, causing woes to people.


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