Activists of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students’ Union took position at Shahbagh intersection of the city around 6am and blocked the route, which halting vehicular movement in the area.
Meanwhile, students of other public universities took position in front of their respective campuses in support of the strike.
The two left leaning alliances announced the strike at a joint press conference of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students’ Union at Dhaka University on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier on April 7, they threatened to enforce a half-day countrywide strike on April 25 if the government fails to arrest the killers of Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu by April 24.
Sohagi Jahan Tonu, 19, a second year history student of Comilla Victoria College and a member of Victoria College Theatre, went missing on March 20, hours after she had gone out of her house at Comilla Mainamati Cantonment for private tuition.