Descendants of freedom fighters under the banner of ‘Muktijuddho Moncho’ continued demonstration at Shahbagh intersection for the fifth consecutive day Sunday demanding the reinstatement of 30 percent quota in for first and second class government jobs for them.
Vehicular movement on one side of the intersection was halted due to the agitation, causing sufferings to city dwellers.
DU Prof AKM Jamal Uddin, spokesperson of Mutijuddho Moncho, said they will continue their demonstration for seven hours every day from 3pm to 10 pm.
Prof Jamal said, “We will continue our protest till our demands are met. We have decided to continue the blockade programme only for seven hours every day as we do not want to make sufferings to the patients of two largest hospitals in Dhaka.”
He also requested the children and grandchildren of all the freedom fighters across the country to put blockade on all the highways for an hour from 10am to 11am every day.
Besides, Bangladesh Pratibandhi Shikkharthi Oikya Parishad (Bangladesh Disabled Students’ Unity Council) joined them with their demands including provision of five percent quota for physically challenged people.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Muktujoddha Sontan Command (BMSC) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit on Sunday blockaded Dhaka-Aricha highway demanding the reinstate of 30 percent freedom fighters’ quota in the civil service jobs.
Around 10-15 protestors, led by Shihab Uddin, convener of BMSC JU unit, took position on Dhaka-Aricha highway around 12:00 pm and continued their demonstration till 4:00 pm.
Due to their blockade, several ambulances carrying emergency patients got trapped in heavy traffic and compelled passerby to reach their destination by foot.
Later, Pro-VC (Administration) Professor Nurul Alam and Registrar Rahima Kaniz went to the spot around 2:00 pm and requested the demonstrators to end their movement considering the ongoing admission test at the university.
Shihab Uddin said, “We have postponed our demonstration considering public sufferings. But, we will continue the protest till our demands are met.”
On October 4, the government issued a circular abolishing the quota system for first and second class jobs in the civil service.unb