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Patuakhali University

Activities of BCL banned

Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday banned all kinds of activities of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus until further order.

The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the academic council, a day after 50 people were injured in a factional clash of BCL activists on the campus over submitting a tender.

"We made the decision to ensure a peaceful atmosphere on the campus," PSTU Registrar Md Nawab Ali told The Daily Star yesterday afternoon.

The authorities also formed a probe body to investigate Tuesday's violence that brewed on the campus but spilled onto the adjacent market affecting local businesses.

Business owners of Pirtala Bazar enforced a daylong hartal in Dumki upazila town yesterday protesting the attacks on their establishments during the clash.

All shops in the bazaar remained closed and hartal supporters burned tires on the road.

Abul Hossain, secretary of bazaar committee claimed that over 150 shops in the bazaar were ransacked causing Tk 50 lakh worth of damage.

Meanwhile, BCL central committee asked PSTU's unit president and general secretary to refrain from conducting any organisational activities until further instructions, said Arifur Rahman Pial, joint secretary of BCL, PSTU unit.

The committee also formed a three-member body to investigate the incident, Pial said.

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