Students in Dinajpur block highway

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Students and people of adjacent villages of Dinajpur Government College blocked Dinajpur-Dhaka highway in front of the college yesterday protesting assault on a student allegedly by transport workers.

Meanwhile, the transport workers, alleging attack and damage of buses by the students and villagers, yesterday suspended transportation via six routes from the district.

The transport workers alleged that the students attacked and injured Abu Sayed, a bus driver, who is now being treated at Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital.

The students, however, claimed that four students of the college locked in an altercation with workers of a bus over illegal and excess fare. At one stage, the conductor of the bus roughed up Asraf Alam Babu, an English final year student of Dinajpur Government College.

When the bus reached Dinajpur bus terminal, the transport workers detained the four students there and beat them up, they said.

Hearing the news, other students and locals burst into protest and put up barricade on the Dinajpur-Dhaka highway at about 2:00 pm which was continuing till filing of this report yesterday evening.

The angry students damaged several vehicles on the highway, police said.

A large number of police were deployed in the area to prevent any clash between students and transport workers, they said.

Meanwhile, several hundred vehicles including passenger buses and goods laden trucks got stranded on both sides of the highway due to the barricade.

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