|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 13:35:38 | Updated : 13 Mar 2017, 13:35:55|
Home Economics College students block Dhaka's New Market intersection
Students of Dhaka's College of Home Economics have blocked a key thoroughfare in the capital to demonstrate for their college to be recognised as an institute of the Dhaka University.
Hundreds of students started demonstrating around 10am on Monday blocking the capital's New Market intersection causing a traffic gridlock in and around the area.
Protesters say they will continue with their agitations until their demand is met.
"When we raised the issue with the teachers nine months ago, they had assured us moving the education ministry. But when we went to the ministry, we came to know the teachers did not discuss the matter with the officials," Clothing and Textile Department second-year student 'Shoma' said, reports bdnews24.com.
"It depends on the education minister, whether we will return to classes. The agitation will continue," said third-year student Israt Jahan.
College authorities said their attempts to negotiate with the students have not worked.
"We have asked them to demonstrate peacefully, to not cause public sufferings. But they are not listening," said Principal Fatema Suraiya.
Police said they were trying to remove the demonstrators.
"The students have blocked the streets. We have requested them to lift it," said Ramna police's Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hossain Sardar.