Jahangirnagar University suspended 16 Chhatra League leaders and activists on charge of attacking their rivals at Maulana Bhasani Hall three days ago over establishing supremacy.
The JU syndicate at an emergency meeting on Thursday night made the decision. Vice-chancellor Prof Farza Islam, hall provost, proctor and the registrar were present.
The university authorities also formed a five-member committee headed by Prof Rasheda Akhter of anthropology department to probe the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days.
“The decision of suspension is only a temporary measure. Further action will be taken after getting the probe report,” said Proctor Tapan Kumar Saha.
During the suspension, the 16 students will not be allowed to stay at the dormitory or campus and participate in any academic activities, he added.
The suspended students, all residents of Maulana Bhasani Hall, are KM Nurunnabi of genetics engineering and biotechnology department, Anindo Baroi and Mainul Hossain of anthropology, AKM Khairuzzaman of history, Khandokar Naymul Islam, Tanvir Shajib, Adel Al Mamun and Rayhan Habibi of marketing, Kishore Das of physics, Saddam Hossain of botany, Santo Kumar Nath, Shihab Khandokar and Raj Prasad of environmental science, Md Nishat Rahman and Shakiluzzaman of finance and banking and Istiak Ahmed Bijoy of chemistry department.
Nurunnabi is the organising secretary of JU Chhatra League while Anindo is the general secretary of the student body's Maulana Bhasani Hall unit.
At least 10 students were injured when a group of BCL men swooped on their rivals who were asleep at the dormitory around 4:00am on Wednesday.
Chhatra League men led by Anindo Baroi, loyal to JU BCL president, attacked hall unit president Shakil Ahmed and his supporters. Shakil is loyal to the general secretary of JU BCL.
Shakil, Humayun Kabir and Rokanuzzaman were stabbed several times by the attackers. Seven other BCL men were sent to Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar after they were treated initially at the university medical centre, said BCL sources.
Raiding the dormitory on Thursday afternoon, police recovered huge locally made weapons, including iron rods and pipes.
Meanwhile, some ousted BCL men returned to the dormitory yesterday morning with the help of law enforcers and university authorities.