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Bangladesh private TV channels blackout student unrest stories
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07:48, August 23, 2007

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Private television channels in Bangladesh Wednesday night blacked out stories on unprecedented student protests that forced the military-backed caretaker government to clamp down indefinite curfew in capital Dhaka and five other divisional cities.

The television channels blacked out the violence stories as information and law advisor Barrister Mainul Hosein asked journalists to play responsible role in printing and telecasting news under the state of emergency.

Meanwhile, the government asked the mobile phone operators to shutdown their network. More than 20 million mobile phone subscribers faced communication breakdown ahead of enforcement of curfew.

The caretaker government earlier declared to impose a curfew after three days ' violence became uncontrollable.

The violence started Monday in Dhaka University when some students were beaten by an army-man who live in the camp of the university while watching football game in the campus.

The students protested military beating and demanded apology from Army Chief Moeen U Ahmed for the incident. They also demanded withdrawal of state of emergency imposed on Jan. 11.

Three days' violence left one person killed and about 600 injured, mostly student and police, in Dhaka and other major cities.

Source: Xinhua

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