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Boy killed in BCL gunfight

Angry villagers set fire to 5 halls; 25 activists hurt

L-R: Activists carry sharp weapons during a factional clash of Chhatra League at Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh yesterday. Students try to douse a fire at Isha Khan Hall (Extension) of Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh yesterday. Villagers, angry at a boy's killing during a BCL factional feud, set the dormitory afire. Photo: STAR

A 10-year-old boy was killed in a gun battle between two factions of Chhatra League at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh yesterday.

The authorities closed the university indefinitely following the hour-long clash that also left injured around 25 activists of the student body associated with the ruling Awami League. The male students were directed to vacate their dormitories by 6:30pm yesterday and female students by 8:30am today.

The deceased boy, Rabbi, hailed from nearby Boira village. Enraged at his death, some 500 villagers attacked five residential halls. They set fire to at least 30 rooms and ransacked many, said BAU Proctor Sazzad Hossain.

Four students were arrested for suspected involvement in the shootout, said Mymensingh Superintendent of Police Golam Kibria. He, however, declined to give their names.

Hours after the violence, the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League dissolved its BAU unit.

Students and witnesses said two groups -- one led by Al Azad, president of the university unit of BCL, and another by general secretary Rafiquzzaman Emon, got locked into a fierce clash around 1:00pm near the rail crossing on the campus over establishing domination at BAU.

Hearing the news of the clash, Rabbi, a madrasa student, went to bring back his grandmother who had gone to the campus to graze cattle.

But as he got caught in the line of fire, a bullet hit him in the forehead.

Around 2:00pm, a shopkeeper named Ananda took Rabbi to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where the boy died around 3:45pm, said Prof Shah Alam, head of the hospital's pediatric surgery department.

Fazlul Karim, officer-in-charge of Mymensingh Kotwali Police Station, said the boy was aged around 10.

Additional police forces were deployed to fend off any further trouble.

Earlier on Friday, the groups fought on the campus, leaving 15 BCL men injured.

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How long we need to endure this kind of nasty things? Will not our government ban such kind of student politics?

: Kabir

On the one hand, AL government is keeping opposition senior leaders in jail for flimsy reason, and on the other hand, it is complete inactive with the terror of BCL. Every high educational institution has been hijacked by the crime and terror of BCL. The government is blessing the criminals with inaction and the entire nation of Bangalee is silent spectator to the crimes of these terrorist BCL. If the crime goes unchecked, there may be a time that whole nation will be hijacked by these terrorist BCL. Before it is too late let the nation of Bangalee people raise their voice and free the nation from these gangs of terrorist.

: Barkat


  • Concerned
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:44 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Youths are direction less even by teachers, because they themselves are doing politics. With the destruction of youth, even education level is sharply falling! Everywhere, there is disagreement, non-educational atmosphere, infighting, and weapons using or brandishing! The govt instead of reining them up, turn a blind eye! All over BD students have gone seriously unruly.

    Sunday, January 20, 2013 01:35 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    ‘Fish begin to stink at the head’ and we see how the indication of this disaster engulfs the AL govt bit by bit. A few days back, our leader told to the press that she had presented BCL books to study whereas the opposition leader arms. Now we watch what she actually did with her golden sons at RU, IU, DU, BAU, JU, JnU etc slurping of satisfaction at the public outcry. The whole country is tip-toeing to an abyss of darkness and she keeps on naked patronising the stalwarts of BCL for a fresh comeback into the throne!

  • Mr. Nayim
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 01:59 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Killing people without any reason has become a daily affair of BCL and writing comment is to anoint the tail of a dog in order to straighten is the same, as the both do not yield any result. But the mother organisation AL even does not hearken to the matter even though the notorious activities of BCL are alone enough to capsize their boat in the up coming election. But we common people are just supplying the fuel to their political machine to run to their expected destination at the cost of our lives. At the same time, I do not understand why we recurrently elect these political beasts.

  • Md. Raisul Islam Rois
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:06 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    We need an operation for illegal arms holder emergency. If we build up a successful operation against illegal arms holder by the law en force agency, then we got our vision 2021. No more bullets in innocent people heart.

  • Labu Khan
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:09 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    It is really sad that BCL activities in these last four years will be one of the main reasons for Awami Leauge's downtrend popularity and possible defeat in the next general elections. Unfortunately, there are no one in AL not even the PM who dares to check them.

  • ShamimH
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:23 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    I like citizen action against student thugs. These are same folks in the country side who defeated the Paki Army in 1971. So, beware student thugs do not mess with country folks.

  • MH Uddin
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:33 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    No one will be responsible to bring back war criminal Jamaat in power except AL and its student organisations. People will have no choice to vote for because of this so-called barbarian student body of ruling AL. I have no answer why do people call them student? It demerits our values. When someone gets involve with any political party, people should treat them as BCL/JCD/Shibir or whatever, but please do not print their common name as student.

  • sham
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 03:47 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Here we go again! This criminal organisation should be ban. It is not doing any good for AL or current govt. They are not your friend honourable PM! Please wake up!

  • Ahmad Sharief
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:03 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Whatever Chhatra League and their guardian the PM, and Awami League (BAL) are doing is for the sake of peace in the country as well as in the whole world. You must have known that our honourable prime minister has presented a world peace model. Chhatra League activities are nothing but ones in support of that peace model. So, PM, along with BCL and AL should be Awarded Nobel Peace Prize and other international prizes.

  • Selma
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:50 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    When will EU and USA designate BCL a terrorist organisation together with its master and protector Awami League? If USA and EU can be seen barring Russian Human Rights violators applying Magnitsky Act then it should do the same with Bangladeshi politicians such as PM, her cabinet members, her MPs and BCL members.

  • N. Rahim
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 06:15 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    I wonder why the shooting factions of these so called students never die!

  • albert einstine
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 06:29 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    President and Secretary of BAU unit are the sole authority of this killing. They and their collaborators is the real son of the uncivilised society. Let's kill us and you culprits live in Bangladesh.

  • sujon
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 06:46 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Hang all BCL men.

  • rch
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 07:13 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    This is what happens when goons of autocratic rulers crosses the line--Look what happened to Gaddafi, Saddam, Mujib, etc.

    Sunday, January 20, 2013 07:40 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    They have the license to kill. Go BCL, go with the killing spree. The govt is always by your side!

  • Abdul Hakim
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 07:56 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    BCL, the golden boys, warrior inspired through Liberation War, only liable to cease life of a child, the exemplary noble bid, following intra-party feud at BAU.

  • mansur mamun
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 08:30 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Failure govt. They deserve only negative. My sympathy to his family!

  • Habib Khan J U 38 History
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 08:32 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    I am really shocked and think that this incident is not less than Bishwajit. As conflict occurred in BCL but an unknown child trampled. Let Bangladesh be a prosperous nation.

  • Tuhin
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 09:24 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    This is not real politics; we should remove this type of politics from all educational institutes.

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 09:50 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    For decades now, the reign of student political fronts in the higher educational institutions is vitiating the academic atmosphere of the country. However, in the recent past their unworthy activities have steadily augmented to such a level that even teaching staff are not immune. In the last few months, for reasons unknown, they are making desperate inroads into individual departments/institutes of universities and are trying to dictate terms even in the field of academia. They need to be reined for the sake of higher education without any compromise. The political parties must rise to the occasion to save the future generations. The so-called students must be refrained from criminal activities and instructed to work for the welfare of students only in league with their peers. I know this is a hope against hope but that’s what we can do and hope for. Would such a day dawn in the educational arena when there will be no machetes, knives, sticks and firearms but only books, computers, laptops, well equipped laboratories, gymnasiums, and play fields?

  • Jibon
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 09:59 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Despite the criminal act will our prime minister, leader of opposition and their fellow intellectuals continue to support partisan politics of students in educational institutes? Will the criminals escape punishment as it has been happened in the past? Student politics is nothing but extortion, vandalism, arson and what not.

  • Moeen
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:00 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    BCL's recent activities make it look like a terrorist organisation. If BD government fails, some international body should take steps to ban such organisation of terror.

  • Md. Khalid Hasan
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:36 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    How many days we have to see like this where the so-called students working and becoming the cat's paw of the shrewd politician are allegedly involving this sort of fierce clash over establishing domination at every public university? How many lives we will lose in the days of ahead? It is time to put a stake against these heinous activities and boycott the students' politics.

  • M. K. Alam
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:56 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    How long this sort of atrocities of BCL will continue? Everyday such reports of atrocities of BCL in higher educational institutions are coming in. But the present administration appears to have turned deaf ear to all such cases. How funny that now a days students possess illegal arms and they move around in front of law enforcing agencies with bold steps without any fear. What dark future is waiting for young generation? Will the intelligentsia and top leaders of the country come forward with a permanent solution to this grave situation and save the nation from continuous ruination?

  • Sayudul Huq
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:41 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    The sword fight among the public universities is not the first time news in the dailies. We observed this news in past also. We wouldn't like to read any campus violence in dailies in the public university. So, we need to concentrate more to tackle down it more seriously. Political parties should not pamper in this respect at all rather to follow zero tolerance for student politics against any irregularities.

  • M Hassan
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 02:51 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Now we should think again that do we really need student politics or not.

  • Asaduzzaman(Rajib)
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 03:16 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)


  • Shibesh Kirttania
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 03:31 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    To hell with such brutality in the name of so-called students politics. Are there any leaders who can bring the ill-fated boy back to his mother's lap? The politicians do politics for the good of the people as we know. But what kind of politics is this by which innocent people are being killed? Shame, shame...

  • Saimul Raijul
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 03:45 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    what was the sin of Rabbi that he paid for by giving his life? Stop student politics for God's sake. Moreover the congenial atmosphere of the public universities has been annihilated by the students bodies of the political parties.

  • Towhid Tuhin
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 04:24 PM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Our Prime Minister must interfere in this matter as soon as possible and try to regulate the behaviour of her associate student organization. Otherwise,only for the arrogance of BCL, AL will have to pay a costly price by descending on the next poll.





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