Vol. 5 Num 882 Mon. November 20, 2006  
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JCD men attack Chhatra Sangram Parishad activists on DU campus
Indefinite strike called from today

The Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP), an alliance of seven 14-party backed student bodies, has called an indefinite strike at Dhaka University (DU) beginning today protesting an attack on its leaders and activists by Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal (JCD) men that left at least five injured yesterday.

The CSP, led by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), announced the programme at a press conference and demanded resignation of the DU vice-chancellor and proctor for their 'failure to maintain law and order.'

The campus turned violent in the morning with explosions of several bombs and firing of gunshots allegedly by the JCD men when the CSP leaders entered the campus to have a meeting with the university authorities regarding the current state of campus politics and coexistence of the activists of different parties on the campus.

BCL President Mahmud Hasan Ripon and General Secretary Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury Roton led the CSP team.

The JCD men, who were preparing to resist the BCL leaders, rushed to the Registrar Building area to chase the CSP leaders and beat up Mijan and Faruque of Sir AF Rahman Hall and Titu of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hall.

Later, the CSP leaders took shelter at the VC's office and held meeting with VC Prof SMA Faiz. During the meeting, the JCD men allegedly exploded two crude bombs outside the office, sources said.

At around 1:30pm, when the CSP leaders were leaving the campus with police escort, the JCD activists chased them again firing blank shots and exploding crude bombs.

In another incident, the dissident group of the BCL, who did not receive any post either in the central or in the DU committee, assaulted the organisation's General Secretary Roton.

Hundreds of general students and admission seekers got frightened at this sudden occurrence.

Talking to the reporters, Prof Faiz said the authorities are trying to find out ways of creating a congenial atmosphere for coexistence of all the activists of different student organisations at the university halls.

"If it is necessary, dormitories will be raided by the BDR," he said.

Prof Faiz said university authorities would conduct investigation into yesterday's incidents and take action against those responsible.

The CSP leaders also demanded punishment of the JCD 'cadres' responsible for yesterday's attack, recovery of illegal arms from the university dormitories and peaceful coexistence of all the activists of different student organisations on the campus.

General students expressed concern over the announcement of indefinite closure saying it will only prolong the already existing severe sessions jam of more than one and a half years.

Due to the declaration, holding of first year honours admission tests, scheduled to start from December 1, also became uncertain.

Aggrieved activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League beat up organisation General Secretary Mahfuzul Haider Chowdhury Roton on the Dhaka University campus yesterday. PHOTO: STAR