JCD-Shibir takes over IU campus after fighting with BCL
40 injured as feuding groups trade fire, blast bombsAK Kajol . Kushtia
At least 40 people were injured, two of them hit by bullets, in a fierce fighting between activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal backed by Islami Chhatra Shibir on the Islamic University campus in Kushtia on Saturday.
More than 60 rounds of shot were fired and 40 crude bombs blasted during the fighting. The injured were admitted to IU medical centre and different hospitals in Kushtia and Jhenidah.
The Shibir and JCD men chased the BCL activists out the campus after nearly three hours of fighting.
The clashes began at about 10:30am after JCD activists beat up a BCL activist following an altercation at Sheikhpara Bazar, witnesses said.
In retaliation, the BCL activists, led by former organising secretary of its IU unit Russell Joarder, assaulted two JCD activists – Ariful Islam Rony0 and Shohag – in front of the arts faculty building.
Hearing the news, angry JCD men gathered at their tent and shouted slogans against the BCL.
The BCL activists wielding sticks and iron rods chased the JCD men out of their tent forcing them to take shelter in residential hall area with Shibir men.
The JCD men after regrouping launched a counter attack with the help of Shibir men that left 20 students injured, including IU unit BCL joint conveners Abu Jar Gifari Gaffar and Shajibul Islam and their activists Juwel, Halim and Miju, JCD’s IU unit secretary Rasheduzzaman Rashed, vice- president Sirajul Islam, office secretary Shahed Ahmed and 12 of their.
The feuding groups exchanged at least 10 rounds of shot and blasted 15 crude bombs during the first round of fighting.
At one point, BCL activists, led by its IU unit convener Shamim Hossain and allegedly backed by the police, attacked JCD and Shibir men in the hall area. The Shibir and JCD activists jointly retaliated triggering a two-hour long fighting until the Shibir and JCD men drove the BCL activists out and took control of the campus.
At least 25 people were injured in the second round of clashes.
JCD and Shibir activists smashed some windowpanes of the administrative building, vandalized five motorcycles and a university microbus when they came to know that some BCL men had taken shelter in the building. They attacked two BCL men –Abdul Mannan and Shahinur Rahman – and IU official Ziaul Islam with lethal weapons leaving the three critically injured. They were admitted to Kushtia Sadar Hospital.
At least 40 rounds of shot were exchanged and 25 cocktails exploded during the clashes.
Kushtia police super Mafizuddin told New Age that the police had fired 46 rounds of shots and rubber bullets to separate the feuding groups and take the situation under control.
JCD’s IU unit vice-president Mohaiminul Islam Shohag and organising secretary Abul Khair, reportedly hit by rubber bullets, were sent to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital.
Panic gripped the campus and general students ran for covers in faculty buildings during the fighting. Kushtia- Khulna highway had been blocked for two hours during the clashes.
At about 1:30pm, Kushtia police superintendent Mafizuddin with two platoons of police, one platoon of Kushtia special branch forces and RAB personnel arrived on the scene and took the situation under control. No one from the IU administration was seen on the campus during the trouble.
At about 2:00pm, BCL men led by Shamim Hossain and Abu Jar Gifari Gaffar entered the campus again and staged demonstrations.
IU vice-chancellor Abdul Hakim Sarkar said that the authorities taking ll possible steps to restore peace on the campus.
A six-member committee, headed by English department professor Harun-or-Rahsid Ashkari, has been formed to investigate the incident. The committee has been asked to submit a report in one week, he told New Age.
Police have been deployed to the campus university to avert further trouble, said IU proctor professor Jahangir Hossain.
The BCL and JCD blamed each other for the clashes. IU unit BCL convener Shamim Hossain said that they had simply protested when the JCD men assaulted their activists at first.
JCD’s IU unit secretary Rasheuzzaman Rashed denied the allegation and claimed that the BCL activists had at first attacked their tent.
A general diary was filed with the IU police station in this connection, the police said.
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