US Ambassador’s vehicle attacked in Dhaka

  • US Ambassador’s vehicle attacked in Dhaka

US Ambassador’s vehicle attacked in Dhaka

For the last week, students have brought parts of the capital Dhaka to a standstill with a protest against poor road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus.

Spontaneous student protests are rare in Bangladesh, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggested her political rivals were using the issue to stir up anti-government sentiment ahead of a general election this year. The opposition has denied involvement.

The proposed law change would be considered by Cabinet on Monday, he said. Parliament's approval for the proposal to become law is seen as a formality, since Hasina's ruling Awami League has an overwhelming majority.

As per the witnesses, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the protestors and the supposed pro-government activists confronted the youngsters, which included some of those who were rushing towards the nearby hospitals for getting medical aid.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, also executive president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation, earlier said that buses did not operate on ground of safety and if the situation improved, they would also resume operation.

The US embassy confirmed an official vehicle "was attacked by a group of armed adult men" but the envoy and her team departed unharmed.

"There were no injuries to the Ambassador, drivers or security staff; however, two security vehicles sustained some damage". His colleagues said Alam was tortured after he was detained on Sunday night.

A Bangladeshi student enact as a dead while others shout slogans a during a protest in Dhaka.

The report claimed that at least 150 people - including students, pedestrians, journalists and ruling party activists - were wounded in the unrest.

He said the party office, which is close to Jigatala, was vandalised by unidentified youths in school uniforms moments before the clashes erupted.

Alam was screaming as he was forced into a vehicle, it quoted security guards at the building as saying.

"It's not true. Nothing happened at Jigatola", Dhaka police spokesman Masudur Rahman told The Telegraph.

"Stern actions await those who are spreading propaganda to instigate (further) the (protesting) students", he said launching a nationwide "Traffic Week" at Dhaka intersection.

"There is no justification whatsoever for detaining anyone for exclusively peacefully expressing their views", Omar Waraich, Amnesty's deputy South Asia director, said in a statement.

Protesters, some as young as 13, have been stopping traffic on Dhaka's notoriously clogged streets to check vehicles and drivers have valid documents before letting them drive on. But that figure is disputed by the private organization Bangladesh Commuters' Welfare Association, which says at least 7,397 people were killed in road accidents a year ago.

The students were demanding to know why protesters were attacked on Saturday, in clashes which left dozens injured.