'BCL men' chop off RU Shibir leader's foot
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League men allegedly severed the right ankle of a Shibir leader at Rajshahi University yesterday.
The victim -- Md Russell Alam, 24, a fourth year student of Finance and Banking Department, and Shibir secretary of Nawab Abdul Latif hall unit -- was undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical Collage Hospital.
Dr Tofazzel Hossain, on-duty doctor of RMCH, said Russell's condition was critical as he was also shot in his thighs.
On condition of anonymity, witnesses, some of whom are BCL activists too, said a group of BCL men of university unit consisting of General Secretary Tawhid Al Hasan Tuhin, Vice-president Tonmoy Ahanda Ovi, Organising Secretary Faisal Ahmed Runu, Joint Secretary Golam Kibria held Russell around 1:00pm and took him to Shahidullah Arts Building. He was being quizzed for location of a fugitive Shibir leader, said sources in the BCL.
Following his information, police arrested Ziauddin Bablu alias Hasib, a fourth year student of Arabic department, and Human Resources Development (HRD) affairs secretary of Shibir RU unit around 3:45pm while he was appearing an examination. Minutes after the arrest of Bablu, two gun shots were heard from the Arts Building and police rushed to the scene, said Tanvir Haider Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).
He, however, said some “unidentified miscreants” severed ankle of Russell and shot his two legs with pistol inside the Shahidullah Arts building main entrance around 4:15pm. Police sent the victim to hospital, he said, adding that additional police were deployed on the campus to avert further untoward incidents. Shibir RU unit Publicity Secretary Labib Abdullah alleged that BCL leaders and activists backed by police had severed Russell's ankle.
RU unit BCL president Mizanur Rahaman Rana, however, denied the allegation and said BCL had no connection with the attack.