BCL dissolves JU unit after gunfight | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

BCL dissolves JU unit after gunfight

31 BCL men held

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has dissolved its Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit while police arrested 31 BCL activists Monday night and yesterday following the gunfight between its two factions on the campus that left 50 injured.
Ten of the detainees were sent to jail hajat after the police showed them arrested in the case filed by Sohel Parvez, a leader of Parvez and Jony group of BCL. The other detainees were set free after interrogation.
Police conducted raid on Bangabandhu Hall and Kamaluddin Hall of the university from 8:30pm to 11:30pm on Monday and arrested 22 BCL men. Later, they released three students held from Kamaluddin Hall.
Police also raided a restaurant in Savar bazaar area yesterday morning and arrested 12 BCL activists, including its senior leader Swapan, Jahangir and Nahid. They are the residents of Maulana Bhasani Hall.
On Monday, the sporadic clashes erupted between the two BCL groups -- one led by Azibur Rahman, allegedly having link with Shibir, and another by Sohel Parvez and Jony--as Azibur group beat up a BCL activist named Nayan, who was loyal to the dissolved JU unit BCL committee.
Activists of Sohel Parvez and Jony group ransacked around 15 rooms of Bangabandhu Hall and Bhasani Hall early yesterday. They also established their supremacy over the two halls as Azibur group fled the campus following the police raids.
Additional police has been deployed on campus to avert further clash.
Executive council of JU Teachers' Association at an emergency meeting has placed four-point demand before the university authorities, including immediate arrest of those who attacked the teachers' homes during the violence on Monday.
Witnesses said though all JU BCL unit activities were banned, both the factions have been showing off their muscles for the last few days.
Earlier on January 18, BCL central committee suspended BCL activities at the university for a month as the two BCL factions clashed with each other over establishing supremacy on campus that left 30 students injured.
Meanwhile, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) in a press release yesterday expressed deep concern over the clash at JU. Referring to the recent violence at the university, it urged the government to free the institution from such violence.

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