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    Police+ Govt. Party Fires on Peaceful Demonstrators

    Over 100 students of Rajshahi University were injured as police charged batons and fired rubber bullets on the demonstrating students today in Bangladesh.

    Of them, 18 people including eight journalists sustained rubber bullet wounds, reports our RU correspondent quoting witnesses.

    The demonstration started on January 16 demanding cancellation of the university authorities' decision of fee hike and continuing the evening master's programmes.

    The activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, also joined the law enforcers to foil the students' movement, witnesses said.

    Today's incident began when around 5,000 agitating students resumed their demonstration for third consecutive day after a one-day break on Friday, and padlocked all academic and administrative buildings around 7:00am.

    They kept the proctor and some other teachers confined inside their offices for two hours.

    During the incident, a chase and counter-chase was took place among law enforcers, BCL men and students when this report was filed around 2:30pm.

    When the demonstration was going on two crude bombs were exploded near the administrative building 10:20am, said GM Shamsur Nur, officer-in-charge (OC) of Motihar Police Station.

    At one stage, the police personnel who posted on the campus charged batons and fired rubber bullets on the students, said Proloy Sisim, assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police.

    During the police action around 11:50am, more than 100 students were injured, a sub-inspector told The Daily Star seeking anonymity.

    Several injured people were undergoing treatment at university medical centre and Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.
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