Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, has dissolved its Chittagong University (CU) unit committee.A press release signed by BCL president Saddam Hussain and general secretary Sheikh Wali Asif Enan was issued in this regard on Sunday. Also read: JCD condemns police 'assault' on BCL leadersThe decision was taken at an emergency meeting of BCL, it said. Also read: BCL rally disrupts life on DU campus
Eight activists from the Islamic University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, have been suspended from the organisation temporarily for violating its rules and regulations. A press release, signed by IU BCL unit President Faisal Siddiqi Arafat and General Secretary Nasim Ahmed Joy, was issued on this matter this morning. Read: 5 injured in BCL factional clash at Islamic University The suspended activists are: Sabbir Khan, Shamim Reza, Akib Masud Anubhav, Parvez Hossain Banat and Abdul Quader of BCL's Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hall unit; Ashik Quraishi of Sheikh Russel Hall unit; Shahdullah Siddiqui Saimun; and Tasin Azad of Jatir Pita Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall unit. According to the press release, the activists were suspended from the student organisation as they were allegedly involved in "anti-organisational activities." IU BCL unit President Faisal Siddiqi Arafat told UNB that they suspended the eight activists from the organisation temporarily for violating its rules and regulations. Read: Another first-year student at Islamic University alleges torture by BCL activists They also submitted a written statement to the BCL central body for their permanent expulsion, he added. Earlier on Sunday, a discussion programme marking the 48th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day, was held at Bir Shrestha Hamidur Rahman Auditorium in the morning. IU BCL's Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hall unit activist Shamim Hossain, a student of law department under 2018-19 academic session, locked into an altercation with BCL's Sheikh Russel Hall unit activist Ashik Quraishi, student of management department under 2019-20 academic session, over entering the auditorium to take part in the programme. Read:3 BCL activists vandalised Islamic University’s medical centre, says duty doctor Following the altercation, two groups -- one led by the Ziaur Rahman Hall unit and another led by Sheikh Russel Hall unit -- swooped on each other with sharp weapons in front of Bir Shrestha Hamidur Rahman Auditorium around 2 pm. The clash left five people from both groups, including Muftain Ahmed Sakib, injured on the spot. Fellow students rescued the injured and took them to the IU Medical Centre for treatment. Sakib suffered knife injuries during the clash.
General secretary of Jhenaigati upazila unit Bangladesh Chhatra League Shahriar Khan Shaon was expelled over rape attempt. Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Central Executive Committee expelled Shaon for attempting to rape an indigenous college student, said a press release, signed by its president Saddam Hossain and general secretary Sheikh Wali Asif Imon, published on its website on Tuesday. Besides, the committee also dissolved the Jhenaigati upazila unit Bangladesh Chhatra League due to its inactivity for a long period. Also Read: BCL blamed for torturing students suspected as Shibir activists in Pabna According to the release, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Central Executive Committee has expelled Shaon for breaching party discipline and involvement in criminal activities which tarnished its image. On Saturday, Shaon swooped on the house of a Garo girl adjacent to Gazni Holiday Centre in Jhenaigati upazila and tried to violate. Also Read: BCL attack injures five JCD members The girl lodged a complaint with police on Monday and police arrested Shaon over attempting to rape the girl.
The High Court on Wednesday ordered the Islamic University authorities to suspend its five female students who were found involved in the torture and humiliation of a first year student at Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall on the campus. The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order. The court also asked the university authorities to remove the provost from the dormitory. The five students are—vice president of IU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League Sanjida Chowdhury Antara of Statistics Department, activists Tabassum Islam of Finance and Banking Department, Israt Zahan Meem of Law Department, Halima Khatun Urmi of Fine Arts Department, Moabiya of Finance and Banking Department. The five suspended students won’t be allowed to take part in the academic activists of the university and cannot stay on the campus, said the court. Besides, it asked the IU authorities to allot Fulpori Khatun a dormitory as per her choice. Also Read: Torture of Fulpori demonstrates university admin’s failure: Judicial inquiry report Advocate Gazi Md Mohsin stood for the writ petitioner and Advocate Shah Manjurul Haque stood for Islamic University while Deputy Attorney General tushar Kanti Roy represented the state. On Tuesday, the judicial inquiry committee formed to probe the torture on Fulpori Khatun, a first year student of Banking and Finance Department of the university, found that the girl was tortured brutally and inhumanly and the university authorities failed to act properly. It also found the five students responsible for the incident. The report was submitted before High Court bench of Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Raziq Al Jalil The HC bench fixed Wednesday for passing an order in this regard. Also Read: IU students demand expulsion of five BCL activists over torture at dormitory The inquiry committee found their involvement in the incident and said hall provost and house tutor totally failed to perform their responsibilities. The university proctor also showed negligence and indifference in discharging his duties, said the report. Fulpori, a first year student of Finance and Banking department, was tortured and humiliated by Islamic University unit of BCL vice-president Shanjida Chowdhury Antara and her cohorts at Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall on the campus in Kushtia on February 12. The incident came to light after the victim left the hall and disclosed the matter to her seniors and her family members the next day. The BCL leader also threatened that she would release the video on social media if the student discloses the matter to anyone, according to the complainant. The student lodged a written complaint with the university administration, including the university proctor, student adviser and the hall provost, demanding punishment of those involved in the incident on February 14. Two probe bodies were formed by the Islamic University authorities and the Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall administration after the victim’s complaints to them. The probe bodies submitted their probe reports to the university administration on Sunday. A writ petition was also filed by Gazi Mohammad Mohsin, an alumnus of the university and a lawyer, with the High Court. The Kushtia district administration, meanwhile, formed a three-member inquiry committee, led by additional district magistrate ANM Abujar Gifari, and asked it to submit the inquiry report within seven days following a High Court order on February 20. Accused BCL leader Antara and activist Tabassum left the hall following the High Court order. The five students were expelled from Deshratna Sheikh Hasina Hall on Monday as the hall authorities found their involvement in the assault on Fulpori.
A Jahangirnagar University student has allegedly been tortured by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League for not attending guest room and political programmes. The victim, Sakibul Islam Farabbi, a student of the 49th batch of Statistics Department at the University and a resident of Biswakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall, gave a written complaint to the provost of the hall regarding the torture incident. The incident took place last Friday (February 24) around 2 am at the university’s Rabindranath Tagore Hall. Also Read: 'Special exam' at JU: Opportunity turns to burden for students The accused BCL men are Junaid Hasan Rana of English Department, Naimul Islam Sagar of Pharmacy Department, Atiq Shahriar of History Department, Mohtashim Billah of Fine Arts Department, Utsa and Kabbo of Government and Politics Department, Junaid Ivan of Mathematics Department, Imran Mirza of Biochemistry and Bioscience Department and Saikat Islam of Physics Department. They are the students of the 48th batch of the University and followers of JU BCL unit president Akhtaruzzaman Shohel. They’re also residents of Biswakabi Rabindranath Tagore hall. According to the written complaint, the BCL activists called the students of batch 49 of room no 216 to room no. 219 at 2 am on February 24. Later, the students were physically and mentally abused in various ways by the Chhatra League activists. The BCL men later locked the rooms of the students and forced them to spend the night in the guest room. While talking to UNB, Farabbi said, “the BCL men asked me why I didn't attend the guest room and political programs? I said I was away for a departmental tour and was also preoccupied with my exams.” Later, the BCL men asked Farabbi to leave the hall. “After they asked me to leave the hall, I said this hall was allocated in my name and I won’t leave.Then they asked me to undress. So when I refused to undress, they got angry and started beating me,” Farabi said. “My friends came from the next room and took me away after hearing my screams. Then we spent the rest of the night in the guest room of the hall,” Farabbi told UNB. However, the accused BCL men denied the allegations of torture. Denying the allegations, Atiq Shahriar, one of the accused, said that there was no incident of beating or torture. “The complainant was misbehaving with his friends. He threw one of his friends out of the room. So we went to convince him,” he said. Another accused, Imran Mirza, claimed the allegation was ‘baseless.’ However, Shakib, a student of the International Department and a witness of the incident, said, "I moved from the room after hearing the sound of slapping." “Then I saw some of our seniors from the 48th batch beating Farabbi. Later, I escorted him out of the room," he added. Aktaruzzaman Sohel, president of the university unit BCL, said, "The Chhatra League has declared zero tolerance against ragging.” “Such incidents are not acceptable. If the allegation of torture is true, organizational action will be taken against those involved,” said Sohel. Professor Nazmul Hossain Talukder, the provost of Rabindranath Tagore Hall, said strict action will be taken following an investigation.
At least three students were injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit on Friday evening. Eye-witnesses told UNB that supporters of the ‘Bijoy’group were divided into two factions and clashed with each other, leaving three students injured and vandalising eight rooms of Suhrawardy Hall. Members of both the groups were seen with local weapons in their hall premises. Acting Proctor of Chittagong University (CU) Dr. Shahidul Islam said that police went immediately after hearing the news. Police brought the situation under control. None of the leaders could be reached despite repeated attempts.
A group of former leaders and activists of Islamic University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student organisation of ruling Awami League, staged a demonstration on the campus in Kushtia for the third consecutive day on Wednesday demanding vice-chancellor Professor Shaikh Abdus Salam’s resignation. Around 30 ex-BCL leaders and activists of IU went to the Vice-Chancellor’s office and kept it under lock and key in the morning, to press home their demand. The protesters vowed to continue their demonstrations on the campus until their demand was met. Earlier, eight audio clips, three between Oliur, a jobseeker at the Mass Communication and Journalism Department and the VC and two others with an official of a ministry went viral on Facebook that sparked protest and criticism. Also Read: Ex-BCL men stage demo at IU demanding VC’s resignation In the audio clip, the VC purportedly asked Oliur to collect two other candidates to fulfill the requirement for the department’s recruitment board. According to the audio clips, the VC told Oliur that he, Oliur, failed to write his answer to the question of the recruitment test held on October 25, 2022. He also told him that he was not good at his IQ. Also Read: VC’s leaked audio clips: IU postpones 3 departments’ recruitment process The VC advised him over the phone regarding the recruitment test. He assured Oliur that he did not accept the recruitment policy of the University Grants Commission regarding the requirement process of recruiting teachers at Journalism department. IU BCL unit former organising secretary Rasel Joarder told UNB that the vice-chancellor was a corrupt person the audio conversations between him and the job seeker that went viral on social media proved that. Also Read: HC orders Kushtia DC to probe ragging of a female student at IU On Friday night, IU acting registrar HM Ali Hasan filed a general diary with Islamic University police station in this connection.
A clash broke out in Chittagong University in the first hour of 21st February between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League over paying tributes at Shaheed Minar. The clash erupted at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, which left 20 activists injured, said the leaders of the two groups. According to campus sources, these two groups- ‘brothers’ and ‘Moku’- are sub-factions of BCL’s CU unit’s Bijoy group. While the leaders and activists of ‘brothers’ group were on their way to the university’s central Shaheed Minar the activists of ‘Moku’ group tried to bar them from going there, triggering the violence. One of the injured was transferred to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital. Delwar, an officer at CU Medical Centre, said a total of 20 people received treatment. Delwar Hossain, a leader of a faction of Bijoy group said, “They had taken over our rooms. When we tried to talk about it, the situation turned violent.” “They were trying to evict some of our activists from Alaol Hall for several days now and started chasing us today when we were going to the hall,” Hossain said. Several leaders and activists from the ‘brothers’ group claimed they were attacked while carrying wreaths to the Shaheed Minar. Although the groups were engaged in the clash for nearly two hours no one from the university administration was reportedly present there. Dr. Shahidul Islam, acting Proctor of the university, said proctorial body and police went there and controlled the situation upon receiving information. “We will look into the matter seriously if there’s a written complaint,” he said.
Several people were injured on Friday after BCL men allegedly attacked members of rival Chhatra Odhikar Parishad on Dhaka University campus. The incident took place near TSC as Chhatra Odhikar Parishad activists were preparing to observe the organisation's 6th founding anniversary. According to Chhatra Odhikar Parishad leaders, they were trying to enter TSC to observe their programme while some BCL men blocked them and carried out the attack. The attack left several Odhikar activists injured, they said. The injured have been taken to Dhaka Medical college hospital for treatment, Odhikar said. Moreover, Dhaka Post campus correspondent Amjad Hossen was also allegedly harassed by a BCL leader, Farid Jaman, joint secretary of Sergeant Johrul Hoque hall Chhatra League unit. Read more: Two city college teachers quit under BCL pressure "Farid Jaman and some of his followers came to me and tried to snatch my mobile and check it while I was taking video of the clash. With the help of the proctorial team and members of law enforcement, I managed to flee”, said Amjad. Farid tried to snatch my mobile despite knowing my identity as a reporter, Amjad added. However, Dhaka University Chhatra League General Secretary Tanbir Hasan Saikat denied both allegations and said, "Chhatra League has no connection with this attack. As much as I heard, the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad carried out attack on some general students of the university." Prof. AKM Golam Rabbani, proctor of Dhaka University, said, "I have heard about an attack. However, Chhatra Odhikar parishad didn’t take any permission from University authority. They should not create any unrest on the campus."
Fahim Tajwar Joy, a prominent activist of the ruling party student front Bangladesh Chhatra League Masterda Surja Sen Hall Chhatra League of Dhaka University has been accused of molesting a woman and her husband and looting money from them in front of central Shahid Minar. In this regard, a case has been filed accusing Fahim and 10-12 unnamed people who participated in the looting. Principal administrative Officer, Md. Abdul Motaleb, of Masterda Surja Sen Hall lodged the case against Fahim at the Shahbagh police station as his niece and her husband were the victims. According to the complaint letter, "Riya and her husband Rasel were on the way to visit Abdul Motaleb's house from nearby Chawkbazar at 11 pm of February 4. When they were crossing throughout the frontier road of Shahid Minar, Fahim and his friends blocked their way, abused them verbally and beat them with sticks. At one point they took Rasel at the backside of Shahid Minar and snatched all money from him which counts TK 22000 and then they snatched ATM cards from him." "They also molested my niece," the complaint said. "Being informed, when my son Mehrab went to rescue them, Fahim and his friends beat me badly. Later, surrounding people came and saved us from them." Contacted, OC of Shahbagh police station, Noor said, "We have received the case and we will investigate the matter." Mentioned, Fahim is a posted member of Masterda Surja Sen Hall Chhatra League and follower of Abdulla Khan Shoisob who is a follower of Dhaka University Chhatra League General secretary Tanbir Hasan Saikat. Moreover, he is a student of department of History of 2021-22 session. Read more: 4 BCL leaders arrested over attack at Barishal University dormitory