Rajshahi University (Rajshahi), Oct 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men allegedly beat up four students at Rajshahi University on Thursday night for their alleged involvement with the politics of Islami Chhatra Shibir.
The victims are Liton, a masters’ student of Islamic Studies department, Muhaiminun, a second year student of the same department, Nasim Hasan, a second year student of Social Work department, and Shahrukh, a second year student of Arabic department.
Campus sources said BCL leaders and activists detained at least 14 students from in front of the university’s Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Hall and took them to room-233 of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall around 7:30pm.
After interrogating them, the BCL leaders released 10 of them.
They beat the four others before handing them over to police. The injured students were undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital under police custody.
RU unit BCL president Golam Kibria told journalists that they held the 14 students as they were trying to bring out a procession. “Following interrogation, we found four students’ involvement with Shibir politics and handed them over to police.”
However, the injured students told reporters that they were not involved with Shibir politics. BCL men took them to the hall while they were roaming on the campus, and beat them severely, they claimed.
RU Proctor Lutur Rahman said on information, he along with proctorial body members and law enforces went to the hall.
Md Shahadat Hossain Khan, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station said, the students were admitted to the RMCH and they would take legal action against them.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) is going to expand Jukta Front, taking National Awami Party (NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP) which quit the 20-party alliance in the alliance.
The decision was taken at a meeting between BDB chief Badruddoza Chowdhury and the leaders of NAP and NDP.
The leaders of the two parties met B Chowdhury, also a former president, at his Baridhara residence around 4pm and held a closed-door meeting.
Earlier on Tuesday, NAP and NDP announced to sever ties with the 20-party alliance as they think BNP has deviated from its moral position by forging the Jatiya Oikyafront with the actors of the 1/11 political changeover and ‘minus-two formula’.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani said they want to work together under the leadership of B Chowdhury for ensuring continuation of democracy and a fair election.
“We consider the ex-president as our guardian. We three parties will work together for ensuring a healthy democratic practice in the country,” he added.
NDP chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza said they came to B Chowdhury for forging a greater unity of democratic and nationalist forces.
BDB joint secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury said the meeting decided to expand the Jukta Front involving NDP and NAP.
On October 13, Jukta Front’s two partners -- Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya -- formed Jatiya Oikyfront with BNP and Dr Kamal Hossain’s Oikya Prokriya.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Thursday warned that those who go away from the national unity will throw themselves into the rubbish bin.
“Jatiya Oikyafront was formed together with our party. This unity will be extended and strengthened further. The government is now carrying out propaganda against the front leaders to mislead people,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “People won’t get confused if one or two parties go away from the unity process. Rather, those who will quit it will throw themselves into the trash bin.”
Sammilita Chhatra Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
Three days after BNP formed a new alliance, Jatiya Oikyafront, two partners of its old alliance 20-party, NAP and NDP, announced to quit the coalition accusing the party of deviating from its moral position.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member and 20-party coordinator, said they forged the greater unity to make their movement for ‘restoration’ of democracy stronger.
He said most opposition parties are now making similar demands for holding the next polls under a non-party administration by dissolving the parliament to save the country from misrule.
The BNP leader urged people of all walks of life to get ready for making sacrifice for ‘restoration’ of democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Newly formed Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about their demands, goals and position on the next general election.
Initially, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir welcomed the diplomats and introduced the Oikyafront leaders at a city hotel.
Later, Dr Kamal Hossain read out a written copy of their party’s seven-point demand and 11 objectives, and then replied to different questions by the diplomats.
However, the Oikyafront leaders did not formally brief reporters about the outcome of the meeting.
Talking to reporters, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said Dr Kamal Hossain informed the foreign envoys about their alliance’s demands and goals and replied to their questions.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob said, “We exchanged views with the diplomats of different countries. Our top leader Dr Kamal Hossain explained our demands and goals, and cleared our position on the next election.”
BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan said Kamal Hossain told the diplomats that their alliance wants to restore democracy and voting rights, and ensure a fair and credible election so that people get a chance to elect their representatives as per their choice.
BNP organising secretary Shama Obaid said diplomats from around 25 countries, including the USA, the UK, EU, Canada, India, Pakistan, Chain, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Vietnam and Norway joined the briefing.
A Gono Forum leader, who was present at the meeting, wishing anonymity, said Dr Kamal Hossain told the diplomats that their alliance wants the government to ensure a level-playing field and congenial atmosphere for holding the next election with the participation of all parties.
As a diplomat wanted to know the name of chief of the Oikyafront, the noted jurist said their alliance is run by a joint leadership.
Replying to another question, the noted jurist said the parliament members will decide who will be the Prime Minister from their alliance if it wins the polls.
Asked whether the party will join the polls if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is not freed from jail, Kamal Hossain said they want all political prisoners to be released before the announcement of the election schedule for holding the election in a credible and acceptable manner, the Gono Forum leader added.
Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, JSD present ASM Abdur Rob, vice president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, former adviser to the army-backed caretaker government Barrister Mainul Husein and former vice president of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed were present .
Earlier on Tuesday, the Oikya Front leaders at a meeting at JSD president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence decided to hold a rally in Sylhet on October 23.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kamal-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) –The schedule for the next parliamentary election will be announced in the first week of November, said Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Thursday.
The commissioner came up with the announcement while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
He said the Chief Election Commissioner in a meeting with a delegation of European Union informed that the election schedule will be announced in the first week of November.
Replying to a question the secretary said that the EU delegation wants to see a free, fair, inclusive and participatory election in Bangladesh.
The delegation was assured from the EC that all necessary measures will be taken.
Responding to another question, Helal Uddin said that the EU team expressed their interest to know about EVM, election observer, manpower, law enforcing agencies, the process of voting from abroad and voter list.
AKM Mazharul Islam, personal officer of CEC, said the ambassadors and delegates of seven countries were present at the meeting.