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Student’s death sparks protest, Dhaka- Chittagong highway blocked

Student’s death sparks protest, Dhaka- Chittagong highway blocked
American Muslims shout slogans for peace holding the Bangladeshi flag while they take part in a demonstration against the government of Bangladesh during a protest rally in Times Square, New York April 13, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)

Dhaka : Traffic movement on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway was at a standstill since morning as hundreds of college students blocked the highway in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla protesting against the death of a fellow colleague in a road crash.

Mahmuda Akhter, 17, a class XI student of Hasanpur Shahid Nazrul Government Degree College, died on the spot as she was crushed under a truck in front of the college on Saturday, said Abdul Awal, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station.

Around a 12-kilometre tailback has been created on both sides of the highway due to the blockade, reports The Daily Star.

The protesting students were demanding the arrest and punishment of the truck driver, who fled the scene immediately after the crash. (ANI)