Bangladesh Chhatra League activists yesterday vandalised the principal's office at Dhaka College after the authorities refused to admit some students of their choice to the higher secondary section, while the Rajshahi Government City College unit of the ruling party-backed student body vandalised three classrooms over the same issue.
General students said some BCL leaders had taken money from the admission-seekers, promising to have them enrolled in the institutions.
At Dhaka College, a few pieces of furniture, crests of the principal's office and teachers' conference centre were damaged when the principal was absent, said Moniruzzaman, inspector (investigation) of New Market police, talking to the reporters on the spot.
During the attack around 3:00pm, the BCL activists also tried to drive out the admission-seekers. The attackers fled after police rushed in.
Dhaka College completed the admission process yesterday, enrolling 1,200 students to the higher secondary section--600 from science group and 300 each from humanities and business studies groups.
Several allegations surfaced centring on the attack, as the authorities avoided journalists.
Some sources said the attackers were angry as the principal did not keep her "promise to the BCL men about admitting students of their choice", while others alleged that the authorities refused to enrol the BCL-nominated students, as some teachers and BCL leaders differed over sharing the "bribe money".
Both the principal and the vice principal refused to talk to this correspondent.
At Rajshahi Government City College, the authorities had to suspend the admission process for two hours, as over 30 BCL men vandalised the furniture of three classrooms.
The college unit BCL president, Shamsul Arefin Robin, and general secretary, Naimul Hasan Naim, led the attack, said the principal, Kabirul Islam. "The BCL men were demanding admission of their chosen students, but we can't deprive meritorious students," he said.
The admission process resumed after police intervention.
Talking to The Daily Star, the college BCL president denied any vandalism. "We just protested, as the authorities were delaying to return the money of some students whose admission was cancelled."
On Monday, BCL men at another institution, Rajshahi Government College, vandalised the furniture of the auditorium over the same issue. The college principal filed a general diary with police following the attack.