The Rajshahi city unit Bangladesh Chhatra League vandalised two institutions run by Jamaat men last night, hours after alleged Shibir cadres had cut the left-leg tendon of a BCL leader on Rajshahi University (RU) campus.
Around 8:00pm, alleged Shibir men swooped on AKM Tawhid Alam Akheruzzaman alias Takim, former vice president of RU unit BCL who had brandished firearms during October 2 violence on the campus.
Witnesses said six unidentified youths appearing on two motorbikes had attacked Takim when he with two friends was passing by Khaleda Zia Hall.
The youths hit Takim on the head with a hammer and stabbed his left arm and cut the tendon of his left leg when he fell on the ground, said witnesses, adding that the attackers left the scene chanting “Allahu Akbar”.
On-duty police and students rescued and rushed Takim to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
Takim is now in the Intensive Care Unit after hours of surgeries.
“He sustained a grievous injury to the head and lost a huge amount of blood. He is now unconscious and in a critical condition,” said Ekramullah, head of surgery department at RMCH.
Ahmed Ali, president of RU unit BCL, blamed Islami Chhatra Shibir for the attack.
“Our activists have identified some of the attackers as Shibir cadres. Besides, the nature of the attack is typical of Shibir,” he said.
About an hour after the attack on Takim, BCL activists of the city attacked Jamaat-run Retina Medical and Dental Coaching Centre in the city's Bosepara area.
They broke into the two-storey coaching centre, damaged furniture and documents and set fire to those.
Later, they tried to break into Islami Bank Hospital in Laxmipur area, but failed as employees had locked the main entrance.
Agitated BCL men then torched a motorcycle parked in front of the hospital and damaged some roadside shops owned by Jamaat men.
RU sources said BCL activists held a procession on the campus around 11:00pm. Several gunshots were heard and a cocktail (homemade bomb) was blasted in front of Madar Bux Hall during the time.
Meanwhile, top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Jamaat student wing Islamic Chhatra Shibir could not be reached over the phone.
However, political affairs secretary of Rajshahi city unit Jamaat denied the allegation of Shibir involvement in the attack on Takim.
“It may have been an act of miscreants or result of BCL infighting,” he told The Daily Star.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner SM Moniruzzaman said the situation on the campus was under control and that police had been deployed there and in different city points.
Takim got admitted to the philosophy department at RU in 2007-08 sessions. He was not allowed to sit for the first-year final examination due to poor attendance. In 2010, his studentship was cancelled for not attending required number of classes in two years.
In spite of this, Takim was made the vice president of RU unit BCL in June 2011. On July 16 this year, he was expelled from the party due to his alleged involvement in the killing of BCL's Bangla Hall unit joint convener Abdullah Al Hasan.
Takim hit newspaper headlines when he brandished firearms during a Shibir-BCL clash on the campus on October 2. He sustained an injury in his hand during the clash.