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Protesting students torch traffic police sergeant’s motorbike in Dhaka

  • Published at 11:01 am August 2nd, 2018
A group of students torched the motorcycle of a traffic sergeant of Dhaka Metropolitan Police after he refused to show his driving licence and misbehaved with the demonstrators near the Ladaid Hospital in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi on Thursday, August 2, 2018 Ashif Islam Shaon/Dhaka Tribune

The police official had refused to show his licence to the students who have been enforcing traffic laws on their own for the past few days

A group of students on Thursday assaulted a traffic sergeant of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and set his motorcycle on fire near the Labaid Hospital in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.

The students, who have been enforcing traffic laws on their own for the past few days around the city, had stopped Sergeant Bayezid and wanted to see his driving licence.

But he refused and misbehaved with them, witnesses said.

The police official also shoved a student down on the ground and went for his baton, angering the already agitated students who ended up beating him.

Students vandalizing and setting the traffic police sergeant's motorcycle on fire near Labaid Hospital in Dhanmondi on August 2, 2018 | Ashif Islam Shaon/Dhaka Tribune

His motorcycle was also vandalized and set on fire by the protesters at the time.

Afterwards, Bayezid managed to run and take shelter in the police box at the nearby Science Laboratory intersection.

From there, the injured police official was taken to Dhanmondi’s Popular Medical College and Hospital in an ambulance, with assistance from some other students and policemen.

Since Sunday, thousands of students from different schools, colleges and universities have been blockading the capital’s streets in a movement for safe roads after two students were killed in an accident on the Airport Road.

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