Private university students took to the streets across Dhaka today demanding withdrawal of the 7.5 percent VAT imposed on tuition fees.
They blockaded streets in Rampura, Mohakhali, Barihdara, Dhanmondi and other areas this morning to press for their demand.
Several hundred commuters are stranded on the roads stricken by the demonstrations carried out by the students across several key points in the capital.
The mass protest came a day after police opened fire on an anti-VAT demonstration of East West University in Rampura – where at least 35 people were injured, many of whom were shot.
Students of East West continued their demonstration from around 11:10am. Chanting anti-VAT slogans, they took position near Rampura bridge and choked out the traffic on busy road.
Students of Brac University marched on the streets of Mohakhali on same demands.
Hundreds from North South and Independent universities sat-in on Progoti Sarani, bearing placards and chanting slogans, at Bashundhara around 11:15am.
Students of Stamford University blockaded Dhanmondi’s Satmasjid road from 10:30am, Dhanmondi Police Station Officer-in-Charge Nur-E-Azam said.
The government slapped 7.5 percent VAT for private universities in the latest budget. The decision drew widespread criticism among the students and guardians.
Students of several private universities have demonstrated against the move. The High Court has been moved against the government’s “discriminatory” action.