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Raid on dorms, Aziz market

Law enforcement agencies reportedly raided several Dhaka University dormitories and student accommodations at Aziz Supermarket in the capital since the imposition of curfew on Wednesday night, allegedly beating up a number of students.

Several citizens were also beaten up in different areas of the capital yesterday on suspicion of being students.

DHAKA UNIVERSITY
Law enforcement agencies raided DU dormitories on Wednesday night and early yesterday and allegedly beat up some university staff and students on suspicion of 'disturbing peace', as the lawmen took total control of the area which had been at the centre of the unrest since Monday.

They also beat up indefinite number of DU staff, who were on duty at different dorms on the campus on Wednesday night, reports the BBC.

The law enforcers raided Shib Bari staff quarters on the campus and beat up at least 10 staffs, witnesses said.

Law enforcers combed through the Aziz Supermarket at Shahbagh for students yesterday in the morning, according to the BBC Bangla Service.

They surrounded and raided the supermarket at about 9:00am and went from door to door in search of students at apartments on top of the market.

Those who had workplace ID cards were spared. But students and individuals, who could not produce identity cards, were rounded up on the third floor of the market and beaten up, according to a witness interviewed by the BBC.

Our correspondents also received similar reports from witnesses.

Law enforcers beat up Pranab Hawlader, a student of Jagannath Hall, as he came to the hall to collect his belongings and forced him to leave the campus. A number of female students had also been subject to verbal abuses, according to the BBC.

In Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi areas, lawmen roughed up people indiscriminately whoever dared come out on the streets.

JAHANGIRNAGAR UNIVERSITY
An unknown number of students were injured at Jahangirnagar University as law enforcement agencies baton charged Jahangirnagar University (JU) students who failed to leave their dormitories within the deadline on Wednesday night.

Nearly one thousand students took shelter at the adjoining villages as law enforcers forced students out of the dorms at about 2:30am, despite assurances from the university administration.

The students remained trapped in the villages till late last night as members of law enforcement agencies were patrolling inside and outside the campus, searching for students.

RAJSHAHI
Over 50 persons were injured in Rajshahi yesterday as law enforcers baton charged people who were out their homes during the curfew.

Some 25 students were injured at Rajshahi University railway station in the morning when lawmen charged batons on students, waiting for train to go home.

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