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6 cases filed against 475 students

No BCL men named

RU Correspondent

The police neither recovered illegal arms nor arrested any gun-toting Chhatra League activists till Monday evening while six cases were filed against 475 students naming 105 but no Chhatra League men for the Sunday’s attack on students protesting against increased feed and evening shifts at Rajshahi University.
Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation, however, on Monday expelled Rajshahi University unit joint secretary Nasim Ahmed Setu and organising secretary Shamsuzzaman Emon, who were seen with guns in photos published in different dailies, Chhatra League office secretary Sheikh Rasel.
Chhatra League, in its central committee meeting, also formed a
five-member body to probe the incident. The probe body was asked to submit its report in five days.
The meeting urged the university authority to reopen the university.
The authority on Sunday closed the university on Monday after more than 100 students were injured, 20 of them reportedly hit by bullets, as the police and Chhatra League swopped on the protesting students.
Officials in Motihar police station in Rajshahi said a total of 475 students were accused in the six cases naming 105 including Islami Chhatra Shibir men.
University’s acting registrar Saad Ahmed filed two cases with Motihar police station — one in connection with explosion naming 60 students and the other in connection with vandalism naming 50 students.
The police filed two cases for explosion and obstructing the police in discharging their duty while Chhatra League filed two cases accusing about 65-70 Shibir leaders and activists.
Investigation officer of the cases Abdul Momen Sarkar said, ‘The names of the accused will not be disclosed now for the sake of investigation.’
Officials in Motihar police station as well as in the university administration said that no gun-toting activists were named in the cases. 
They, however, said that the process of filing two more cases by the police was underway.
Motiahr police officer-in-charge Shamsur Nur said that they were ‘trying to nab the miscreants who were shown brandishing guns during the incident.’ He said that no case was filed against Chhatra League men.
None of the university vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and proctor could be reached for their comment on actions against the gun-toting Chhatra League activists.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid and state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, however, said that the stern actions would be taken against those involved in Sunday’s violence on the campus.
‘None of the students involved in the violence will be spared,’ Nahid said while the state minister for home expressed his worry over the use of arms during the violence.
‘Why would the students carry arms,’ he said.
Following the violence, the authorities had closed the university for indefinite period asking students to vacate the halls by 8:00am on Monday.
Though the general students vacated the halls by 8:00am, a group of Chhatra League activists were seen at Bangabandhu hall in the afternoon.
Asked how the activists of Chhatra League stayed at the hall till 1:00pm, hall provost MA Zahid said that he would investigate into the matter. 
The university syndicate formed a five-member probe body led by geology department professor Khalekuzzaman to investigate into the Sunday’s incident and submit the report as soon as possible.
The police, however, arrested a protester, Sajeeb Ahmed, fourth year student of finance and banking department on Sunday. He was sent to jail after producing before court.
The university general students have been agitating to push for their three-point demands including cancellation of newly-introduced evening master’s courses and resignation of vice-chancellor Mizanuddin and pro-vice-chancellor Chowdhury Sarowar Jahan and the proctorial body.
The agitating students declared to continue their strike and abstention of classes and examinations from the very day the university would reopen.
Besides, left leaning students’ platform Progressive Students Union would hold a rally in Rajshahi today demanding punishment of the attackers on the protesting students.

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