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North South versity students call off protest


NSU Live: Agitating students of North South University (NSU) who blocked Pragati Sharani road on Thursday have called off their protest after being assured that the culprits behind the assault on their fellow student will be brought to the book.

The decision came from a meeting among the authorities of Bashundhara Group, the administrative body of the NSU and the representatives of general students around 1pm Thursday.

Confirming the news, NSU student Snehasish Shuvo said to campuslive that, “We called off our protest as the authorities of Bashundhara Group have assured us of meeting our nine-point demands.”

“The demands include compensation for Shahriar Hasnat Tapu, a BBA sixth semester student, who was assaulted and now is being treated at Apollo Hospital, and immediate arrest of the security guard of Bashundhara Group, who assaulted him.”

“The authorities also assured as that they will suspend 15 other security guards, who were also involved in the offense,” added Shuvo.

Earlier, protesting the assault on an NSU student by security guards at Bashundhara Residential Area in Dhaka, students of the university have blocked Pragati Sharani road, a key road in Dhaka.

On Wednesday midnight, a fight broke out between guards and students who were protesting the incident.

The assaulted student, Shahriar Hasnat Tapu, is from BBA sixth semester, who was treated at Apollo Hospital.

Students said Tapu received injuries in several parts of his body.

Tapu and another student allegedly got into a fight with the Bashundhara security guards over parking a motorcycle at the Apollo Gate, an entrance to the residential area, around 10pm.

At one stage of the arguments, the guards attacked them, sources said.

Additionally, when 10 to 15 other students went to the area to inquire about the incident, the guards beat them up too. Later, more students joined, and a fight ensued.

The students at the spot allege that the guards were still beating Tapu up even though he was lying unconscious at the time. Tapu vomited at the place three to four times as well.

After a CT scan, the doctors said Tapu was ‘out of danger’. He was taken home around 2:30am.

On hearing about the incident, students of the university came and launched protests and had been shouting slogans demanding action against the guards as well.

Dhaka, 03 March, ( //AM

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