INTRODUCTION: Three young men were killed and thirty people seriously injured during student-led demonstrations in the Bangladesh capital, Dacca, on Sunday (29 March).
GV Demonstrators marching through streets. (3 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators marching.
GV People looking at burnt out bus. (2 SHOTS)
GV Burnt out jeep with crowds around. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Three young men were killed and thirty people seriously injured during student-led demonstrations in the Bangladesh capital, Dacca, on Sunday (29 March). Government officials claimed the violence was sparked off by student demands for a new agricultural studies faculty at Dacca University.
SYNOPSIS: The government had turned down the request for the new faculty on the grounds that it would be redundant. It said such studies were fully catered for at the Mymensingh University in the north-east. The students responded by going on strike and leading demonstrations through the streets of Dacca. Police said three young men died after being run over by a truck which they were trying to keep out of the university campus.
Police said the students then burned four vehicles, and seized another ton.
Government officials said police and paramilitary forces had surrounded the university area, and a curfew had been imposed. Home Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafizur Rahman, said he hoped to negotiate a peaceful settlement with the students.