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3 quota protest leaders questioned over cases

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Detective Branch police have detained, questioned and released three leaders of the quota reform protests after they called a press conference and delivered an ultimatum to dismiss the cases over the demonstrations within two days.

The ‘Council for the Preservation of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights’ held a press conference in front of the Dhaka University Central Library at 11am on Monday and stated all cases over the clashes on campus and the attack on the vice chancellor’s house must be dismissed or the protesters would take to the streets once again.

Detective Branch police detained three joint conveners of the ‘Council’, Nurul Haque Nur, Farooq Hasan and Muhammad Rashed Khan, from the Dhaka University area immediately after the press conference, claimed convener Hasan Al Mamun.

“They were brought in for questioning as part of the investigation and were released, Detective Branch Police Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten told media.

The three had been taken in order to scrutinise reports of violence during the protests, the police official said.

“They were called to scrutinise video footage from the attack on the VC’s house for the purposes of the investigation. They have been released.”

“The baseless cases filed against thousands of protesters must be dismissed within the next two days,” protest joint convener Nurul Haque Nur had said at the press conference before he was taken by police for questioning. “If not, the students will once again take to the streets in protest.”

Regular students were the leaders of these protests, he said.

“Do not harass the protesters. We will resume our demonstrations if they are harassed.”

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