A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Madan Mohan College unit in Sylhet yesterday vandalised a Baishakhi programme of the college as they were not invited.
Students of the Tarapur campus organised the event at Ali Bahar Tea Estate with permission of the college authorities around noon.
When the programme started, a group of BCL activists arrived there and asked the organisers why they did not invite leaders of the pro-Awami League student organisation, said witnesses. They argued over the matter for a while, and at one stage vandalised the stage, equipment and bungalow of the tea estate.
Mahmud Baskh Rajon, owner of the tea estate, said, “The college authorities took permission from us to arrange the programme but a group of attackers vandalised the programme and the bungalow. We will ask the college to compensate us.”
Kartik Paul, proprietor of Parbon, said, “I provided logistics for the programme, but the attackers vandalised my musical instruments, sound system and other equipment -- worth around several lakh taka.”
Contacted, Mahmudul Hasan Sunny, president of the college's BCL unit, said, “The event was arranged outside the campus and we don't know who vandalised it. BCL is in no way involved in this.”
Sahadat Hossain, officer-in-charge of Airport Police Station, said, “A group of BCL activists attacked the programme over some issues and vandalised some materials. Police brought the situation under control. No complaint was filed yet.”