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Job seekers block Shahbagh intersection to demand extension of age limit

At least 20 job seekers, including women, were injured in a police action to disperse their protest in Shahbagh demanding an extension of the age limit for applying for government jobs.

Protesters under the banner of “Chakri Pratyashi Jubo Projonmo” gathered at the Shahbagh intersection around 2 p.m. Friday to press for their demands, including extending the age limit to 35 from the current 30, but the police asked them to leave.

As the job seekers did not move, the police chased them and charged them with batons to disperse them, said Rezwana Bindu of Jagannath University’s economics department.

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Another protester, Azim from Govt Titumir College, told UNB: “We carried out our program peacefully. Around 5:30 p.m. the police attacked us, leaving at least 20 to 25 of our protesters.

“The police also arrested one of us, Tanjir, without any allegations,” he added.

Moudut Hawlader, Officer in Charge (OC) of Shahbagh Police Station, said: “We just asked them to pull off the road as they were blocking the busy intersection causing traffic jams.”

“We also detained one,” he confirmed.

In protest against the police attack on the show, Tanbir, one of the organizers of Friday’s show, said, “We are not leaving this place without Tanjir.”

Currently, protesters are observing a sit-in program in front of the National Museum of Bangladesh demanding Tanjir’s release.