10 RU students injured in BCL attack
At least ten students of Rajshahi University (RU) were injured as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men allegedly attacked students staging a sit-in on campus protesting recent price hike of first year application forms.
Witnesses said some 200 hundred students under the banner “Students against increased fees” were staging the sit-in in front of the university administrative building when some unidentified people began vandalising a university bus there.
Afterwards, some BCL activists led by Masud Rana and outsiders including some Jubo League men attacked the students, said the protestors.
Four of the injured are “Students against increased fees” Coordinator Iftekharul Islam Shiplu, Chhatra Federation RU unit General Secretary Ahsan Habib Rocky, Chhatra Maitree RU unit Convener Ikbal Kabir and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front RU unit School Affairs Secretary Rehan Mahmud.
The injured includes general students Sumon Bokshi, Shirin Katun, Khademul Islam, Bashar Ahmed and Soikat Hossain. Name of the remaining student could not be known immediately.
However, RU unit BCL President Ahmed Ali and General Secretary Abu Hossain Bipu denied the allegation.
Leaders of left-leaning political parties in RU alleged that the university authority instigated the BCL activists to stop the protest programme.
RU Assistant Proctor Mustak Ahmed said they would take steps against those involved in vandalising the bus. However, he avoided answering questions regarding the attack on the students.
The protesting students urged admission seekers not to buy admission forms at the increased rate.