12:00 AM, September 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 11, 2018

BCL men beat up journo for protesting ragging

A campus-based journalist of Chittagong University was beaten up by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men as he protested an incident of ragging.

Victim Minhaj Tuhin, the CU correspondent of Alokito Bangladesh, also a third-year student of Arabic, took primary treatment at the university medical centre.

Minhaj said five to six BCL activists, led by Mahamudul Hasan Rupak, were bullying a student over in the shuttle train around 1:25pm. “At one point, they were about torture him physically. Then I went there to rescue the student,” he said.

“At first, the BCL men asked my identity. They became furious when I introduced myself as a journalist. One of them started punching me indiscriminately”, he added.

“Other activists followed him until I was rescued by some senior activists of the organisation,” he added.

The identity of the victim of ragging was not known immediately.

Meanwhile, CU Journalists' Association (CUJA) filed a written complaint with the proctor office seeking justice over the incident.

Proctor Ali Asgar Chowdhury said they would take stern action against the culprits as per the university rules.

Rupak is accused in a robbery case and got bail for the court a few months ago. Around two years ago, the university suspended him for six months for several criminal activities.

He could not be contacted over the phone for his comment despite repeated attempts.