30 injured in IU BCL factional clash
IU Live: At least 30 activists including Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Islamic University unit general secretary, Rakibul Islam Rakib, were injured in a factional clash between two factions of the organisation on the campus in Kushtia on Tuesday.
The injured were identified as IU BCL unit general secretary Rakibul Islam Rakib, its activists Bipul of Islamic history and culture department, Amin Hasan of English department, Masum of law and land management department, Rakik of mathematics department, Samsur Rahman Shams of English department, Jakir of electrical and electronic engineering department, Sweet of of Islamic history and culture department, Hanif of law department, Al-Amin of economics department, Rafit of finance and banking department, Shohan of Arabic department and Abdullah of management department.
Witnesses said there had been a longstanding dispute between IU BCL unit incumbent general secretary Rakibul Islam Rakib and its former assistant secretary Faisal Siddique Arafat over establishing supremacy on the campus. IU BCL unit general secretary Rakib made an altercation with Arafat while Rakib along with IU BCL unit president SM Rabiul Islam Polash were trying to enter the campus around 2:00pm.
Following the dispute, two factions one led by Rakib and another led by Arafat swooped on each other with sticks and sharp weapons, leaving, 30 people including Rakib injured on the spot. They also charged four crude bombs during the clash.
Later, around 2 hundred IU BCL unit activists, loyal to Arafat, locked up the IU main entrance from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
IU proctorial body, on information, rushed in to the spot and tried to bring the situation under control with the assistance of police.
They recovered the injured people and sent them to IU medical center and Kushtia Sadar Hospital for treatment.
IU acting proctor Anisur Rahman said that additional police personnel had been deployed on the campus to avert any kind of untoward situation.
The university authorities formed a three-member probe body headed by IU accounting and information systems department to investigate into the incident and asked the body to submit its reports within seven working days.
IU vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari said that legal action would be taken against the accused after getting reports from the body.
Dhaka 21 January (campuslive24.com)//az