At least 10 JCD activists were injured in an attack by some BCL men at Rajshahi University yesterday when the JCD men tried to bring out a procession on the campus.
Enraged by the assault, activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) vandalised five vehicles on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway, triggering traffic misery for an hour, said Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station.
Of the injured, RU unit JCD convener Arafat Reza Ashiq, joint-convener Delwar Hossain and activist Papon Ahmed were rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital with stab injuries. The others received primary treatment at different clinics in the city.
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Witnesses said armed with sharp weapons, a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men led by its RU unit vice-president Akheruzzaman Takim and organising secretary Touhid-al-Tuhin pounced on the JCD activists when they were preparing to bring out a procession at the main gate of the university around 11:00am.
The pro-BNP student body had planned the procession to celebrate the fourth anniversary of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
The incident occurred a day after at least 10 JCD men sustained injuries in an attack by some BCL activists at Dhaka University.
Contacted, JCD leader Arafat complained that the BCL men assaulted them in the presence of police.
He demanded resignation of RU Proctor Chowdhury Muhammad Zakaria for his alleged inaction during the attack.
However, Abu Saleh Muhammad Shah Golam Mahmud, deputy commissioner of police (Rajshahi East), claimed that the law enforcers saved the JCD men from the BCL assault.
Talking to The Daily Star, BCL president Ahmed Ali denied the allegations of the student front’s involvement in the attack.
Additional police force was deployed on the campus to avoid a law and order situation.