Student protesters clash with police in Dhaka

More than 100 students hurt during violent standoffs with police in Bangladesh, hospital says - but police deny anything happened

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

The protests began last Sunday after two college students were struck and killed by a pair of buses and eventually paralyzed the capital of 10 million.

The Express Tribune notes that this drastic step was carried out after a protest in Dhaka's Jigatala area turned violent, injuring over 100, with reports claiming that the police had fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protestors, and that pro-government civilians had physically attacked students.

The restrictions were imposed soon after thousands of students started protesting in recent days to protest against poor road safety following the death of Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib by the speeding bus a week ago.

Police detained social activist and photographer Shahidul Alam who had posted comments that a student wing of Hasina's ruling party was trying to attack the protesters.

So far they stopped flag cars carrying senior cabinet ministers, Supreme Court judges alongside police and military vehicles to verify their drivers' valid papers and uploaded the pictures of the scenes on the social media when they were found to have lacked the licenses.

"We won't leave the roads until our demands are met. we want safe roads and safe drivers", protester Al Miran told The Telegraph.

The Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has denied involvement in the protests.

Amid the violence, armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the USA ambassador on Saturday night.

Long-route bus operators on Saturday called indefinite period strike across the country from the night, protesting at alleged vandalism of vehicles in the ongoing student protests in the capital.

"We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm", the United Nations resident coordinator Bangladesh Mia Seppo said.

At a separate event in Banani on Sunday, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said: "If someone attacks the Awami League president's office, what should we do?"

"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.

The embassy tweeted that while it did not condone property damage by some of the protesters: "Nothing can justify the brutal attacks and violence over the weekend against the thousands of young people who have been peacefully exercising their democratic rights in supporting a safer Bangladesh".

The protests spreading across Bangladesh have highlighted traffic risks in the densely populated country, where more than 4,000 people die in road accidents each year, one of the world's highest rates, the World Bank says.

Students have brought traffic to a standstill in the city, demanding justice for the two victims. However hospital staff said dozens of people had been injured, some seriously, and injuries were consistent with rubber bullet wounds. Student protesters, who has been tweeting on the developments, said that the situation remains tense.

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