3 hurt in BCL-Shibir gunfight at RU
Three Rajshahi University students, including two Shibir men, were injured in a gunfight between the activists of Chhatra League and Shibir on the university campus yesterday.
The activists of Chhatra League, pro-Awami League student body, clashed with those of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, over establishing supremacy on the campus.
Besides, the BCL men also assaulted Nazim Mridha, RU correspondent of the daily New Age, while he was taking photos of that incident. Later, BCL RU unit president apologised for it.
According to police and witnesses, a group of BCL activists chased a group of Shibir men to Shahidullah Arts Building while the Shibir activists were crossing the RU central Library around 11:45am.
The two groups then exchanged several rounds of gunshots, leaving the three students injured.
A patrol team of police on the campus fired several rounds of rubber bullets in the air to control the situation, said Abdus Subhan, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station in Rajshahi city.
At one stage, the Shibir men fled the building.
Abu Sufian, Motihar Hall unit Shibir president, was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Police also arrested him.
Al Imran, general secretary of Shibir science faculty unit, was taking treatment at Islami Bank Hospital in the city.
A general student named Firoz Ahmed, a fourth year student of the Linguistics department of RU, took first aid.
Saifuddin Yeahia, general secretary of RU unit Shibir, alleged that the BCL men backed by police opened fire on their party men when they took shelter at the building.
He also claimed Shibir men did not fire.
Mizanur Rahman Rana, BCL RU unit president, alleged that the Shibir men sprayed bullets on the BCL men.
“Campus situation is now under control and additional policemen have been deployed on the campus to fend off any untoward incident,” said RU Proctor Tarikul Hasan.