Three cultural activists, including two women, were hurt in an attack allegedly by Chhatra League men to foil a programme on the Shaheed Minar premises in Narayanganj yesterday.
The attackers vandalised chairs, loudspeakers and the decorations of the programme in the city's Chasara area around 5:30pm. Unmesh, a cultural platform, organised it to mark the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
After the incident, the BCL activists took position on the Shaheed Minar premises, forcing the organisers to postpone the programme, Unmesh President Pradip Ghosh Babu said at a press briefing at Narayanganj Press Club later in the evening.
The attackers' target was to prevent Rafiur Rabbi, a local cultural activist, from taking part in the programme. They carried out the attack even before it began, he said.
Three Unmesh activists, including its general secretary, were injured.
The activists of BCL, pro-Awami League student body, then burnt down the effigy of Rabbi, also father of slain schoolboy Tanvir Mohammad Toki, terming him an atheist. Later, they declared him “unwanted” at the Shaheed Minar.
It is believed that the local BCL is not happy with Rabby as he has been accusing some local influential AL men of murdering his son.
On Monday, Rabbi made the same allegation after taking part in a candlelight vigil on the Shaheed Minar premises. Narayanganj Sangskritik Jote organised the programme marking the 50th month of the killing.
Angry, the BCL activists organised a procession and rally in the city, where the effigy was burnt.
Contacted, Sharfuddin, additional superintendent of police in the district, said, some “unruly boys” carried out the vandalism on the Unmesh programme.
On information, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Besides, the BCL activists were also asked to leave the place, he added.