Detained JU BCL men freed
Police early yesterday freed the 13 Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men of Jahangirnagar University who were detained on Sunday on the charge of trying to extort bus owners.
The decision came after the university authorities, the university unit BCL, police officials, and bus owners discussed the issue, and the detainees signed an undertaking committing not to do such acts in future.
The BCL men led by JU unit deputy sports secretary Abdur Rahim Jewel stopped three buses of Hanif Enterprise in front of the campus at 4:00pm Sunday and demanded "compensation" for a Hanif bus hitting a private car of one of Jewel's relatives in Sirajganj district the day before.
The ruling party-backed students also confined three bus staff to Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall for more than 20 minutes before police rescued them and detained the 13 BCL workers and leaders, including Jewel. The bus passengers were stuck for a period of half an hour.
All the students, freed around 2:30am, are residents of that dormitory. In connection with the incident, the BCL suspended Jewel on Sunday for an unspecified period.