A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Rajshahi University yesterday severely beat up a student after he protested sexual harassment of two female students on the campus.
Iftekhar Shahriar Ifti, a third-year student of law, was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital with severe bruises and cuts in the forehead and face. He needed five stitches.
Witnesses said some BCL men, led by Sabrin Zamil Shusmoy, deputy human resource development affairs secretary at RU unit, also a second-year student of social work, and BCL activist Abu Khayer Mustafa Rinnet, a second-year student of management and information studies, passed lewd remarks to the two female students when they were sitting with Ifti at Media Chattar around 3:30pm.
They beat up Ifti with scrapped wood before some of his friends rescued him and took him to Rajshahi University Medical Centre, they said.
He was shifted to RMCH, as the wounds were severe.
One of the two female students, who are juniors at Ifti's department, told The Daily Star that four to five men harassed them, and when Ifti protested, he was attacked.
Both Shusmoy and Rinnet denied the allegations of the harassment and attack.
RU unit BCL president Mizanur Rahman Rana, however, said he would take action against the BCL men responsible.