Shibir collects tolls from the hostel residents in 2 Ctg collegesAdmin
Islami Chattra Shibir activists are collecting tolls in the name of baitul mal (party fund) from students staying in the hostels of the Chittagong College and Haji Muhammad Muhsin College in the city.
Activists of Shibir, which has been controlling the affairs of the tow institutions for may years, are also pressuring the students to join their organisations.
Students said that Shibir had established its supremacy in the two colleges in 2001. Shibir, which established its supremacy in the two colleges in 2001, run its political activities from the money extorted from the hostel residents and traders of neighbouring areas, the students said.
There are three hostels for male students and one for female students at the Chittagong College and three hostels for male students at Haji Muhammad Muhsin College.
The students said that there were 2, 500 boarders in the hostels and Shibir activists were taking an ranging between Tk 10 and Tk 500 from each of the boarders.
‘Shibir activists collect money from the students in the hostel in the name of baitul mal,’ a student staying in Suharawardy Hostel of the Chittagong College said. ‘Every student needs to give out money every month. Senior leaders scold anyone unwilling or failing to pay the money,’ he added.
Local residents and businessmen also alleged that Shibir dominated the whole of Chawkbaar area that is closed to the college campuses. The activists sometimes collect tolls from local traders and shopkeepers.
Kamrul Islam, a trader at Chawkbazar, said that Shibir activists collected toll every month from them in the name of helping the poor or ‘zakat.
Shekhar Dastidar, principal of the Chittagong College, told New Age that the authorities had not received any complaint in this regard yet. He said that if they received any complaints, necessary steps would be taken.
The students also alleged that Shibir leaders always decided who who get seats in the hostels and the college administration could not do anything in this regard. They said that Shibir activists forced students to join their organisational activities.
A student of Chittagong College said, ‘Leaders of the organisation who are not students of the college stay in the hostel and asks students to join meetings, conferences and other political activities. Because of the disturbance, we cannot complete our courses and academic activities get hampered.’
Shibir activists also control financial, cultural, administrative work of the two institutions. They always keep watch on students and teachers and patrol the campuses.
A teacher at Government Haji Muhammad Muhsin College said that Shibir activists had always held authorities hostage.
Shibir activists also stop the male and female students from hanging around together.
Shahrin Sumi, a bachelor’s course student at Muhsin College, said, ‘Senior Shibir leaders stop female students from talking with their male fellows.’
‘Shibir activists get involved in every cultural programme of the colleges. They even meddle into financial affairs for such cultural programmes. Other faiths are mostly ignored in such matters,’ said another student of the Chittagong College. He also said that Shibir activists criticised students belonging to other faiths.
The principal, Dastidar, however said, ‘In our college, only Islami Chattra Shibir carry out its political activities. I have, however, not received any complaints against them.’ He, however, brushed aside any allegation of the meddling into administration chores by Shibir activists.
A senior Chhatra Shibir brushed aside the allegations general students levelled against them. He said that Shibir is a student’s organisation and is free of evils.
He also rejected the allegation of toll collection against them. He added that some so-called students were doing it in the name of Shibir.