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ATTACKS ON STUDENTS IN RU

BCL men spotted by media not arrested yet

Mohiuddin Alamgir

The ruling Awami League-backed Chhatra League leaders that the media photographed firing into general students during attacks in Rajshahi University on February 2 were yet to be arrested.
This is not the first incident in which Chhatra League leaders used guns in attacks on the campus. The Chhatra League in earlier incidents promoted such leaders holding guns — photographed and printed in newspapers and aired on television — in the organisation.
The university unit Chhatra League’s joint secretary Nasim Ahmed, who was photographed while firing in at least two incidents on February 2 and October 2, 2012, has not yet been arrested.
General students said that the Chhatra League had promoted him from deputy library affairs secretary in 2012 to his current position of the joint secretary in the university unit ‘for his performance.’
There are at least fellows five of Nasim’s — the university unit’s organising secretaries Shamsuzzaman Emon and Faisal Ahmed Runu, joint secretaries Mahbubur Rahman Polash, environment affairs secretary Mustakim Billah and activist Sudipta Salam — who fired into the students on February 2 but have not been arrested till Thursday evening.
They led Chhatra League leaders and activists, along with the police, in attacking students who were rallying against increased fees and a move for the introduction of evening courses on a commercial basis.
More than 100 students were injured and 20 of them are said to have been hit with bullets. The university was closed for an indefinite period later that night.
Although six cases have been filed with the Motihar police in connection with the violence, none of the Chhatra League men, who were photographed by newspapers pulling out their guns in the attacks, have not even been named accused.
The police, however, arrested Delwar Hossain, a vice-president of the university unit Chhatra league, on Wednesday.  
Asked about why Chhatra League men photographed firing into students have not been made accused in the cases, the Motihar police officer-in-charge Shamsun Noor told reporters that the cases had been filed on complaints by the university authorities. He said that the police were trying to arrest the Chhatra League men.
Earlier on October 2, 2012, the then university unit Chhatra League vice-president Akheruzzaman Takim, organising secretary SM Towhid Al Hossain Tuhin and deputy office secretary Atikur Rahman, along with Nasim, were photographed firing with guns with guns in clashes on the campus. They were not arrested.
The Chhatra League rather promoted them in the organisation — Akheruzzaman was made central committee member and SM Towhid Al Hossain general secretary and Atiqur Rahman vice-president of the university unit of the organisation.
Teachers who are members of the White Panel leaning towards the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami at a press conference on the campus on Thursday demanded an immediate arrest of the Chhatra League men who pulled out guns on the campus and the reopening of the university.
They also demanded that the Chhatra League men should be named as accused in the cases and brought to justice. They also demanded the expulsion of the students from the university, withdrawal of cases against several hundred general students and an impartial investigation of the violence.
The teachers said that the role of the proctorial body during the attack was questionable adding that the proctors had failed to ensure safety of the students. The teachers also demanded an investigation of the proctorial failure.
The Rajshahi University Teachers’ Association president Ajhar Ali, also a White Panel leader, and the panel’s joint convener Belal Hossain spoke at the briefing.
Ajhar said that they had extended their support for the student protests at an increase in fees but ‘we support the introduction of evening courses in the university.’




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