Tension mounts as BCL, JCD clash at DU

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) locked into a clash on Dhaka University campus on Thursday, leaving several of them injured .

Police said seven JCD activists were injured in the clash in front of Shilpakala Academy around 12 pm while JCD leaders claimed that over 30 of their activists were injured in the clash.

Activists of BCL, student wing of Awami League, from different dormitories of Dhaka University equipped with bamboo sticks, wood, iron rods, steel pipes and helmets attacked the JCD activists when they were marching towards Doel Chattar with a procession as per their pre-scheduled prigramme, said witnesses.

Newly nominated BCL hall leaders led the BCL activists who carried out the attack, alleged some JCD activists.

Akter Hossain, convenner of DU JCD unit, said, "We were peacefully heading toward Dhaka University campus area to organise our pre-scheduled programme, but some BCL activists suddenly swooped on us. More than 30 of our activists were seriously injured in the attack."

He also said that BCL activists stabbed the JCD activists and opened fire.

The injured JCD leaders are- Shahabuddin, 30, Ahad, 26, Ehsan, 21, Sabbir, 27, Pritam, 21, Swapan, 22, and Antu 26.

Among them, Sahabuddin was admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said Inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH outpost.

Officer-in-Charge of Shahbagh police station Moudut Hawlader said two people have been detained in connection with the clash.

DU BCL general secretary Saddam Hussein said JCD activists came to the campus with firearms to spoil the peaceful environment of the campus.

Proctor Professor Dr. AKM Golam Rabbani said the situation was brought under control with immediate intervention of the university administration.

The university administration also informed the law enforcement agencies. "If anyone wants to create chaos further, stern action will be taken, " the proctor added.

On Tuesday, at least 35 people were injured in a clash between activists of JCD and BCL near the Central Shaheed Minar, resulting in a chase, a counter-chase, and throwing of brick chips between the two groups before they dispersed.

Source: United News of Bangladesh