Condition of three critically injured students improving, ATM Moinul Hossain says

Clashes with traders from New Market have left more than 200 students of Dhaka College with injuries, the institution’s acting principal has said.

The condition of three students who had been seriously injured was improving, ATM Moinul Hossain told reporters on Wednesday.

“The prime minister will bear the cost of the treatment of injured Mosharraf, who is currently in the ICU,” he said.

“We said to the traders yesterday (Tuesday) that you keep your side restrained, we will keep our students under control; let the fighting stop so we can discuss the matter,” Moinul said.

“You (the media) saw that we had gone for a discussion, but came back after being attacked with brickbats, which left our colleagues injured,” he added.

Although minor clashes between students and traders in the New Market area are not uncommon, the situation took a much worse turn this time around, with many injuries on either side and the death of a passerby.

Journalists from several national news outlets have been reportedly attacked by traders of New Market in the ongoing clash between them and Dhaka College students on Tuesday

Several journalists, reporters, and camera crew from Bangla Tribune, Deepto TV, and Daily Manab Zamin were attacked by shop workers, while covering the incident. 

Traders have alleged that the journalists were not reporting the “true facts about the clash”, according to media reports. 

Around 12pm, Deepto TV Reporter Asif Zaman Sumit was assaulted by some shopkeepers of New Market.

While trying to save Sumit, Shahed Shafiq, senior reporter of Bangla Tribune, Shuvro Dev of Manab Zamin and Kabir Hossain, a senior camera person of SATV, were also attacked.

Shahed Shafiq said: “We were covering the news from a distance when we saw Deepta TV reporter Sumit was being attacked. When we tried to save him, the New Market shopkeepers attacked us too.”

An ambulance with a patient inside was vandalized near the New Market foot-overbridge around 11:45am. Several people from either side were left injured in the skirmishes.

Police finally arrived at the spot around 12:50pm with an armoured vehicle and a water cannon to put an end to the violence, according to media reports.

Fresh clashes erupted between Dhaka College students and New Market traders on Tuesday morning following the confrontation in the wee hours of the day.