• Monday, November 24, 2014

Killing At Ru

Police focus now on Shibir

2 activists held

Anwar Ali and MA Sayeed, Rajshahi
“No more deaths of students,” writes a student on a large canvas in front of the library at Rajshahi University yesterday. The Chhatra League organised the event along with forming a human chain to protest the murder of its activist Rustom Ali in his dorm room on Friday. Photo: Mohammad Masud
“No more deaths of students,” writes a student on a large canvas in front of the library at Rajshahi University yesterday. The Chhatra League organised the event along with forming a human chain to protest the murder of its activist Rustom Ali in his dorm room on Friday. Photo: Mohammad Masud

Though witnesses and campus sources suggest the involvement of BCL men in the killing of Rustam, police have arrested two Shibir activists in this connection.
“We found the involvement of some Shibir men in the murder,” Proloy Chichim, deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said yesterday.
He declined to give details for the “sake of investigation”.
Law enforcers in the morning arrested the Shibir men on the basis of a murder case filed by RU BCL Vice-President Mehedi Hasan with Motihar Police Station around 12:30am yesterday.
After their arrest, Sanaullah, Dasmari regional Shibir treasurer, and Khurshid Alam, Shibir activist of Notun Budpara, were placed before a metropolitan magistrate court. A seven-day remand was sought for each.
The hearing on the remand prayer will take place tomorrow.
The arrest comes a day after the RU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) went on an indefinite strike on the campus demanding the immediate arrest of “Shibir men involved in the killing”.


The murder case was filed against RU Shibir President Ashraful Alam, Human Resources and Development Affairs Secretary Zia Uddin Bablu, Shaheed Suhrawardy Hall unit President Ashraful Islam, Secretary Shahidul Islam and eight other unnamed persons.
However, none of the two arrestees are RU students.
In the case statement, Mehedi alleged that Shibir had threatened Rustam several times before the killing, said Rezaul Islam, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station.
Rustam Ali Akanda, 22, Suhrawardi Hall unit joint secretary of BCL, was shot to death in his dormitory room around 1:15pm on Friday.
On Saturday, witnesses told The Daily Star that soon after the shooting of Rustam, two BCL activists were seen by his side, with one of them holding a pistol.  
Through the window, one witness said, he saw Rustam lying in a pool of blood.
Standing close to the bullet-hit youth were Abdullah Al Galib, publicity secretary of RU BCL, and Selim Reza, a BCL activist and second-year student.
Selim was holding a pistol, while Galib was scolding him. “What have you done? You should have watched out.”
A classmate of Rustam, a fourth-year student of political science, was also in the room.
The classmate told The Daily Star he was studying with Rustam before the two BCL men came in. Selim shot Rustam following an altercation over leadership of the hall unit BCL.
On the statements of the witnesses, Proloy Chichim, deputy commissioner, on Saturday said the authorities got a similar version.
But no action has been taken against the BCL men so far, while the witnesses are feeling insecure after being threatened not to say anything.
Abdullah Al Galib is roaming around the campus freely. However, Selim Reza has not been seen after the incident.   
According to campus sources, Rustam was vying for the position of president of the hall unit BCL at the April 10 council while Selim Hossain, a third-year law student was his contender. Selim Reza was loyal to Hossain.
Yesterday, all academic activities of the campus remained suspended for a second consecutive day as the pro-Awami League student body enforced the strike for an indefinite period.
Hundreds of BCL men organised a mass signature campaign and formed a human chain in front of the RU central library at 11:30am, demanding the immediate arrest of Rustom's killers and banning the politics of the Islami Chhatra Shibir on the campus.
They claimed RU Shibir president Ashraful Alam had masterminded all the previous attacks on BCL men at the university.
Additionally, over a hundred pro-BNP-Jamaat teachers have called on the RU VC to ensure security at dormitories and demanded a resumption of academic activities. A group of 301 BNP-Jamaat teachers condemned the Rustom killing in a press release.
Protesting the case and the arrests, RU Shibir brought out a procession in Kazla gate area. In a press release, the pro-Jamaat student organisation asked law enforcers to withdraw the case.
At least four BCL men and a Shibir leader have been killed at the RU campus since 2009, while three killings occurred on the premises of three different dormitories. Of four BCL victims, three were killed as a result of BCL infighting while one died in a Shibir attack.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, April 07, 2014

Last modified: 9:40 pm Monday, April 07, 2014

TAGS: BCL witnesses Motihar Police Station Shibir activists campus sources Rustam RU BCL Vice-President Mehedi Hasan Shaheed Suhrawardy Hall unit President Ashraful Islam

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