Bangladesh Chhatra League this evening expelled two top leaders of its Rajshahi University unit who were seen brandishing firearms during yesterday’s firing on agitating students of the university.
The expulsion came after newspapers published photographs of BCL varsity joint general secretary Nasim Ahmed Satu and organising secretary Samsuzzman Emon with guns in their hands after the BCL leaders and activists swooped on the students agitating in front of the administrative building to press home their demands.
The BCL, a pro-Awami League student body, assured of taking organizational actions if its' other leaders involvement were found through investigation, reads a press release issued by the organisation around 10:30pm.
The press release signed by BCL office secretary Sheikh Ressul urged the university authority to reopen the university immediately.
The same day, RU authorities filed two separate cases -- one on charge of vandalism and another under explosive act – over yesterday's incident.
Prof Entajul Haque, registrar of the university, filed the cases with Motihar Police Station this afternoon, said GM Shamsur Nur, officer-in-charge of the police station.
In the vandalism case, 150 people including 50 by names and the rest anonymous have been accused while 150 people including seven by names sued in the explosive case, the police official said.
Meanwhile, Motihar police field two cases -- one for holding unlawful assembly and preventing law enforcers from discharging duties and the other under explosive act.
Sub-inspector Masudur Rahman filed the cases this evening accusing 150 people each in the cases with 45 names, SI Monirul Islam told The Daily Star.
Around 100 students of the university and eight journalists were wounded, 27 by bullets, as armed Bangladesh Chhatra League men backed by police attacked the students protesting fee hikes and evening shift master's courses.
Mizanur Rahman Rana, BCL RU unit president, was present during the attacks. BCL activists from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Agrani School and College and other BCL units of the city also joined the RU BCL men, witnesses said.
Campus sources said at least five BCL men brandished firearms during the violence. They are RU BCL Joint Secretary Nasim Ahmed Setu, its organising secretaries Foysal Ahmed, Ashif Hossain and Mostakim Billah and ex-joint secretary Sudipta Salam.
The authorities last night closed the university for an indefinite period and ordered the resident students to vacate halls by 8:00am today.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today vowed to take action against the people responsible for yesterday’s attack on Rajshahi University students.
Talking to journalists at his office at Bangladesh Secretariat, the minister also asked the home ministry to take effective legal steps in this regard, reports the Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
“I am sorry, excited and irritated by the incident,” the minister said adding that he directed the university authorities to take initiative to reopen the institution.
Highlighting the backdrop of the movement, the minister further said Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, is also trying to create trouble by joining the movement.
He further reiterated to take action highlighting the brandishing fire arms by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.