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Students! Are they?

30 hurt, 5 cars, 7 bikes torched over silly reason

Students of Kabi Nazrul Govt College, bottom left, rush out of their college gate ignoring policemen to chase Jagannath University students, who had attacked their college in Old Dhaka yesterday. Jagannath students torch cars and motorbikes, top, on the college campus and beat up college students, bottom right. Students of the college jump from a balcony as burning motorbikes, left, block their escape. Photo: Star/courtesy

A series of clashes between students of Jagannath University and Kabi Nazrul Govt College over a trifling matter left at least 30 people injured, including students, teachers and policemen, at Old Dhaka yesterday.

University students torched five cars and seven motorbikes parked on the college campus, broke the iron gate, vandalised several classrooms, furniture and office rooms of the college.

They also beat up teachers of the college and vandalised Islamia Govt High School on the college campus.

Police hurled 24 teargas canisters and fired five shotgun shells in their attempt to bring the situation under control, which took them two and a half hours.

College authorities have suspended all academic activities until 29th of this month but ongoing exams under the National University would go on as well as the freshmen admission tests.

College students said two students of Jagannath University were locked in a heated argument with some college students over standing in a queue of a bank on the college campus around 11:00am.

At one stage the university students were beaten up and forced to leave the college campus.

However, 45 minutes later a group of 10-12 university students went to the college and issued threats to the college students but had to run back to their turf being chased by college students.

Within an hour around 100-150 university students appeared in front of the college gate. They broke through the main gate and torched five cars and three motorbikes.

Two fire engines rushed to the spot and doused the fire.

The intruders also beat up people on the college campus indiscriminately, including three policemen who tried to resist them.

Later, college students chased the university students back to their campus. They also fought a running battle there.

Around 2:00pm a group of around 800 Jagannath University students retaliated. They went to the college campus and torched four motorbikes.

They swooped on bystanders on college campus too.

Meanwhile, Jagannath University students alleged that the college students beat up Psychology student Mahi when he went to the bank to deposit admission-test fees for a relative. When Mahi returned to his campus badly bleeding from the head, other students became angry.

They claimed that the college students also beat up some university students and stabbed a few when they went to the college campus to protest the beating up of Mahi.

They said several homemade bombs were blasted on the college campus at that time.

Streets near the two campuses were virtually closed to traffic during the clashes and people were seen running for cover in panic.

Principal Prof Shafiqur Rahman of Kabi Nazrul Islam Govt College told The Daily Star that they formed a three-member committee to probe the incident.

Jagannath University authorities also formed a six-member committee.

Police high officials and leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League units at both institutions claimed that Islami Chhatra Shibir men carried out the attacks and vandalism taking advantage of the situation.

Officer-in-Charge Nazrul Islam of Sutrapur Police Station said they could not control the situation initially and had to call in reinforcements.

No one was arrested in this connection.

However, reportedly students attacked a police van near Sutrapur Police Station and injured three policemen around 11:00pm. The injured first received treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital but early yesterday they moved to Rajarbagh Police Lines hospital.

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It is a Clash between Chatra League and Chatra League. why blaming general student?

: Rajeeb Khan

Nice isn't it! This is our Shonar Bangla! Where the most educated of its population act like barbarians!

: Mehdi Hasan Sheikh

Comments

  • barkat
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 03:11 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    When the Shibir comes out the entire bunch of AL and their Big Boss condemn and blame them for protecting the war criminals. Now when the CL are doing the same arson and loot and damage to Government and Educational Institution the entire bunch of AL and their boss are silent. And no one was arrested. Why this double standard?

  • M. Ashraf
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 08:13 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    Why do students burn cars? Why weren't they arrested? Are the students going to be booted off as disciplinary action? Do parents of these 'adult' students send them to act like political minions? The students are alone responsible for their actions and the police should be stripped off their uniform for the respect of the law, which they fail miserably to uphold.

  • QTS
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 08:20 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    As well-depicted by this incident, pride is the worst form of evil (in religious texts, Satan was exiled because of his pride). Unless we eliminate pride from within, we will not be free from evil. On top of that, our society creates stratification, which allows one to exercise one's superiority over another (as in the case of domestic helpers). It allows further room for pride to grow (i.e. feeling that one is superior to another). Note that this form of violence does not occur in countries which do not have a culture of domestic servants.

  • Roni Rahman
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 09:29 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    We can single handedly change our constitution, cancel care taker govt system, persecute political opponents rampantly, make disappearance of political opponents, extra-judicial killings etc. Yet we cannot ban student politics from campus. How long students are going to be used for political tools? Aren't private university student's rights/education quality better off, given political bans on their campus (i.e North South)? Why can't public universities do the same?

  • AJK
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 09:57 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    No, they aren't.

  • Sittul Muna
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:05 PM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    Are they general students or members of students' wings of political parties? There might be general students included; but my firm believe that the pioneers were the political cadres?

    Can't the general students initiate a movement demanding the the ban of so called student politics? As such student politics doing nothing good for education and students'; rather only nourishing the unethical and unlawful personal and political gain.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:26 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    Why do you blame them? You got to blame the people who provide them arms instead of books and those who continuously using them as an auxiliary force working side by side with police to oppress and repress the political opponents. Even the home minister openly urged them to take the street, what else you expect them to do?

  • Vampire knight
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    The general students and teachers had suffered due to the clash between 2 groups of Chatra league, for whatever reason. But, the report does not contain the names, who led the anarchy.

  • Reaz Hassan
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 01:04 AM GMT+06:00 (122 weeks ago)

    If students are unruly and violent with all sorts of small fire arms and other lethal weapons, the responsibility is wholly and solely with the political government. It is mostly the work of their beneficiaries. Withdraw the patronage; all such evils will vanish immediately. Here again, TIB gives a correct picture-the culprits are the politicians in power.


 

 


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