Students are leaving Chittagong University campus as authorities closed the university and ordered them to vacate the dormitories by yesterday morning following Wednesday's violent clashes. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
Islami Chhatra Shibir activists vandalised at least 10 vehicles during its half-day hartal in Chittagong yesterday.
Shibir, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student body, enforced the shut down protesting the deaths of two of its members in clashes with pro-Awami League student body Bangladesh Chhatra League on Chittagong University campus on Wednesday.
Police picked up at least eight pickets from different parts of the port city during the 6:00am to 12:00noon hartal.
Pro-hartal activists burnt tyres at several points and smashed vehicles at Bahaddarhat intersection, Andarkilla, Chandanpur and Chwak Bazar. The hartal was otherwise peaceful and traffic movement was normal except for a few points.
On Wednesday, Masud bin Habib of English department and Mujahidul Islam of Zoology department at CU were killed in a bloody violence between BCL and Shibir men.
While Shibir said both the victims were its members, BCL claimed one of them to be its activist. Campus sources said Masud was the general secretary of Shibir's Suhrawardy Hall unit while Mujahidul an activist.
At least 40 others, including CU Proctor Nasim Hasan, were injured during the clashes.
Fearing further tension on the campus, the CU authorities shut the university till February 16 and ordered all resident students to vacate the halls by 11:00am yesterday. The halls were duly vacated, reports our CU correspondent.
Meanwhile, the university syndicate at a meeting last night extended the shut down till March 1.
Resident students can return to their halls on March 2, but that being a Friday, academic activities will resume on March 3, said Md Kamrul Huda, a syndicate member.
The syndicate also formed a five-member committee headed by Prof Md Nurol Anwar, dean of Biology department, to probe the violence.
The committee will submit its report within 14 days, Kamrul Huda added.
Also yesterday, police sued more than 300 people last night in connection with the violence.
Hathazari Police Station Sub-inspector Chintu Miah filed the case on charges of preventing police from discharging their duties.
The 12 Shibir men, including Shibir's CU unit secretary Imrul Hasan, who were arrested on Wednesday night were made accused in the case. The rest of the accused are unknown.
In another development, BCL's Dhaka University unit yesterday announced a two-day programme protesting the "violence by Shibir cadres" on CU campus, reports UNB.
BCL activists also brought out a procession on DU campus and held a meeting in front of Aparajeyo Bangla where BCL president Badiuzzaman Sohag and its secretary Nazmul Alam also spoke.