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Shibir-BCL Clash

2 students killed at CU

University shut till Feb 16; hartal called in Ctg for today

Top: Armed with sticks and sharp weapons, activists of the pro-ruling party student body Bangladesh Chhatra League clash with Islami Chhatra Shibir men on the Chittagong University campus yesterday. Bottom: Armed Chhatra Shibir activists attack Bangladesh Chhatra League men on the Chittagong University campus yesterday. The activist marked in the photo is carrying an iron rod covered with red tape. He was killed later on during the clash. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das

Two Chittagong University students were killed and around 40 others injured in fierce clashes between Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League activists on the campus yesterday.

While Shibir, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student organisation, claimed both the victims to be its members, BCL said one of them was an activist of the pro-Awami League student body.

The dead, Masud bin Habib, a student of English, was the general secretary of Shibir's Suhrawardy Hall unit and Mujahidul Islam, a student of Zoology, was an activist.

Shibir has called a half-day hartal in the port city today to protest the killings.

Fearing further tension on the campus, the CU authorities shut the university till February 16 and ordered all resident students to vacate the halls by 11:00am today.

It all began with an altercation between Shibir activist Al-Amin and BCL activist Sharier Shahin, both second year students of Islamic history, teachers and witnesses said. At one stage of the squabble, Al-Amin slapped and punched Sharier, pushing him to the ground.

On information, Shibir and BCL men -- both groups equipped with sticks, iron rods and machetes -- started bringing out processions from different dormitories at 12:30pm, each side chanting slogans against the other.

When the Shibir men reached Suhrawardy Hall around 1:00pm, BCL activists swooped on them with iron rods, sticks, machetes and other local weapons. The Shibir men counter-attacked with similar weapons, campus sources said.

It was then that the violent clashes spread to Gol Chattar, Amanat Hall and the areas adjacent to Shah Jalal Hall, leaving many activists of both the groups badly injured and turning the campus into a battle zone.

Among the injured is CU Proctor Nasim Hasan, who was hit when he tried to calm both the groups. He was taking treatment at a private clinic.

Several sounds of gunfire were heard during the on-and-off running battle that continued till about 4:00pm, although none was immediately reported to be hit by bullets.

Many panic-stricken women students fell unconscious while others ran for their lives, said Madhap Dweep, a teacher of communication and journalism.

The injured students were initially taken to CU Medical Centre. Of them, 15 were shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where Masud and Mujahidul were declared dead.

Their bodies bore marks of injury all over, including from beating and stabbing, police said.

Talking to The Daily Star, BCL and Shibir leaders blamed one another for the violence.

Badiul Alam, president of Shibir's CU unit, alleged that two of his group's men got killed as police looked on.

The BCL activists swooped on the Shibir supporters with lethal weapons, he said, adding that some BCL men stabbed Al-Amin over a trifle. He also accused the BCL activists of opening fire at them.

“We're preparing to file a case in this connection," he said.

However, MA Khaled Chowdhury, general secretary of BCL's CU unit, said the clash began after the Shibir men cut the veins of Sharier and five other BCL supporters.

He added the Shibir men created the violence to occupy the campus when most BCL activists were in Dhaka to attend a central committee programme.

He also claimed that Mujahidul, one of the dead, was a BCL activist.

Meanwhile, police picked up 11 students, including Shibir's CU unit Secretary Imrul Hasan, in this connection, said Mizanur Rahman, inspector of CU police camp.

Also among the arrestees are Masudur Rahman, Shahed Uddin, Nur Hasan Riad, Mostafizur Raman, Maruf Billah, Safique Uddin, Mahfuzur Rahman, Faisal Ahmed, Jahedul Islam and Morshedul Islam -- all Shibir men.

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Party in the government should always make every effort to create an environment of peace and unity in country in general and on educational campuses in particular. Unfortunately, AL has not learned to stand up to her responsibility as the custodian of rule of law and continue to behave as thugs on the loose. Gradually, it will corrupt law enforcing agencies to the point of no cure. If supposed to be firefighter start sprinkling petrol than whole society is going to catch flames one day.

: Maqsood Ahmad

It appears that both parties are equipped with ancient weapons but just wondering how only one sided casualty? Is police or armed cadre of BCL is involved whose picture are not on your report?

: Jumana Sarwar

Comments

  • showkat
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 03:33 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    It's right to kill like that. It is to be done in our country to apply their power and they want to remain in power. I am surprised why these student can't understand our political parties want to use the student for going to next government or to stay same position of ruling party.

  • Anonymous
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 05:39 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    Instead of hearing about the academic achievements of the students we are hearing about the fight between two groups of students. May be, they have finished courses on war and now practicing warfare in the open field. It must have been a good training for them. We naturally want to know what kind of administration is there in Bangladesh.

  • Masum
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 08:51 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    Death by violent is always pathetic, the university of Chittagong is far from its main city, jungle and mountains; it is easy to comprehend that unrest can take place at any time can bring unpleasant result before the law enforcement authority reach there with adequate armaments to disarm the perpetrators. The students who died in the clash might be by other students who came together to study in the university with the purpose of enlightening themselves. They have had been cheering together, screamed together with joy and many else. Who ever been killed in the yesterday clash BCL or Shibir the color of their blood are same, sorrow n grief of their parents are same. It was a duty of their teachers who are ought to teach their students some moral n secular lessons not only fanaticism.

  • masum
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 08:51 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    Death by violent is always pathetic, the University of Chittagong is far from its main city, jungle and mountains; it is easy to comprehend that unrest can take place at any time can bring unpleasant result before the law enforcement authority reach there with adequate armaments to disarm the perpetrators. The students who died in the clash might be by other students who came together to study in the university with the purpose of enlightening themselves. They have had been cheering together, screamed together with joy and many else. Who ever been killed in the yesterday clash BCL or Shibir the color of their blood are same, sorrow n grief of their parents are same. It was a duty of their teachers who are ought to teach their students some moral n secular lessons not only fanaticism.

  • shafique
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:26 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    The Daily Star is not very objective when it cast news about BCL and Shibir. The journalist should be objective and always should try to write about the truth. This is the moral duty of the journalists.

  • H. Khondker
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:59 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    A serious and neutral investigation is in order and culprits should be brought to book. Why not put a moratorium on student politics for at least one year to send a signal on the priorities of the government and society.

  • M.Shafiqul Alam
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:14 PM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    Weapon wielding and gangsterism in the name of student politics is abhorring and the deep divisions of students in the name of politics is a highly disturbing phenomenon for a dynamic society. Politicians in the apex must stop playing with the lives of students and rethink for ensuring an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the campus.

  • Shah Jahan
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:22 PM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    It is obvious that all Shibir people in the picture are students of Chittagong University. Do the men in the other picture look like students? The Chhatra League people were there with full preparation and on a killing mission. But look at the picture of the Shibir people! One man is with his rucksack bag, carrying books. While Jamaat-Shibir people are having troubles on all fronts, is it believable that they would provoke or initiate such a fight while Awami League in power?

  • Abdul Munim
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 01:14 PM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    After hearing the death news of two students, i became astronise how is it possible, any student can kill another student. Every student should think, how do all people get peach also including students by them as meritorious student.

  • majhar
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:44 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    BCL and police together killed Shibir men. This is the dark era of Bangladesh. Unbelievable how man can be so cruel.

  • Babu
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 01:44 AM GMT+06:00 (115 weeks ago)

    Ban student politics. Stop this madness and let students get back to their studies. Political parties should stop using students as pawns.


 

 


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