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FFs’ children block Shahbagh crossing for 30pc quota
Children of freedom fighters blocked Shahbagh crossing Wednesday evening for preserving 30 per cent quota for them in government jobs, resulting in suspension of traffic in the surrounding roads.
They blocked the road few hours after the cabinet endorsed a recommendation made by the secretary-level committee scrapping quota system in recruitment of Class I and Class II civil servants.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference at her Ganabhban residence in the afternoon said that she would consider reviving quota system if there was strong movement for it.
Muktijodhdha Santan Command, a platform of children of freedom fighters, came to Shahbagh with a procession from Dhaka University’s TSC area at about 8:10pm and began the blockade.
Movement of vehicles stopped immediately and the area witnessed severe tailback.
They also demonstrated by burning woods they found around.
The command’s president Atiqul Islam Babu, addressing the gathering, said that they would continue the blockade until their demand was met.
The organisation’s joint secretary SM Al Sonnet said that they would hold a grand rally at Shahbagh Saturday afternoon.
The demonstration was continuing until 10:45pm when the report was being filed.
Earlier, at about 2:00pm, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam in a briefing at the secretariat said that the cabinet on Wednesday endorsed a proposal of the secretary-level committee for scrapping quota system in the recruitment of Class I and Class II civil servants in the wake of months-long quota reform movement by students and job seekers.
Shahbagh area was the centre of the quota reform movement that faced intimidation by the ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chattra League and the police. The movement began in February.