The twelve students, who were picked up by the Detective Branch (DB) of Police from Dhaka’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5, were finally produced before court on September 10 (Monday).
The students are Al Amin, Jahirul Islam Hasib, Mujahidul Islam, Jahangir Alam, Saifullah Bin Mansur, Gazi M Borhan Uddin, Tarek Aziz, Mahfuz, Raihanul Abedin, Iftekhar Alam, Tarek Aziz and Mehedi Hasan Rajib.
Police say that two cases have been filed against the twelve students with Tejgaon Industrial Police Station.
Cops say that all of the detained students are accused of assaulting Police during the student demonstrations for road safety on August 6.
On the other hand, Tarek Aziz is the only one of them who has been accused in a second case under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for spreading ‘rumours’ during the demonstration.
After the students were picked up from three bachelor messes in the two areas of Dhaka during a drive, each of them were placed on a two-day remand in the police assault case while Tarek Aziz was place on a further two-day remand in the ICT case.
On Monday, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that the arrestees were leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir and they had tried to divert the student movement and deteriorate the law and order situation by spreading rumours.
Police also claimed they recovered 12 sets of uniforms and 13 fake ID cards of different educational institutions, three laptops and some publications of Islami Chhatra Shibir from the detainees, all of which were collected in a bid to create anarchy during the movement.
Besides, two of the 12 were among the 400 to 500 students from different colleges and universities, who took to the street in front of Ahsanullah University in Tejgaon Industrial area and threw brickbats at police, leaving at least four policemen injured, police said.
Meanwhile, rights body Ain o Salish Kendra condemned the alleged confinement of the students in DB custody.
Earlier, on September 9, family members of the detained students held a press conference and alleged that they were detained by Police on September 5.
Mansur Rahman, father of one of the detained students Saifullah Bin Mansur, alleged that a police team launched a drive in Dhaka’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5 and detained the several students including the 12.
Some students, including one named Sifat, were released from the office of Detective Branch (DB) of police but the rest 12 students were not released from the DB custody, said Mansur.
The arrestees were tortured in the DB office, Mansur quoted Sifat as saying.
“We are deeply concerned as police deny the arrests,” he added.
Later on, the family members alleged that the detained students were to be produced before a court on September 7 but the law enforcers have not taken any such step.
However, Police on September 10 (Monday) said that they were picked up from Tejkunipara area on September 9.