An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League, associate student body of ruling Awami League, was shot dead in Sylhet on Monday during a factional clash.
The deceased is Khaled Ahmad Litu, 25, son of Fayzur Rahman of Panditpara under Bianibazar municipality in the district, police said.
Local sources said there was a longstanding rivalry between supporters of AL’s associate volunteer body Swechchhasebak League’s Bianibazar upazila unit president Abul Kashem Pallab and BCL upazila unit former leader Pavel Mahmud over establishing supremacy in the area.
Litu was involved with Pavel’s group side-by-side running a shop of mobile phone at Nayagram Road in the municipality, the sources said.
Students of Bianibazar Government College said police were deployed on the college campus around 11:00am on Monday as the rival groups were locked in a clash that left five people injured.
A sound of firing came from a room of English department on the campus around 12:15pm. Police rushed to the spot and recovered the bullet-hit body of Litu from the room, the students said.
Bianibazar police officer-in-charge Chandan Kumar Chakrabarti told New Age that they rushed the victim to the upazila health complex, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.
He said the bullet had hit the victim’s head.
‘BCL activists Fahad, Kamran and Emdadur Rahman were detained from the college campus for interrogation,’ the police officer said, adding that the body was sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital for post-mortem examination.
Bianibazar Government College principal Darkesh Chandra Nath told New Age that academic activities of the college were suspended till July 22.
He said the scheduled ongoing examinations of the graduation (pass) courses under National University
would be taken in time with special security measure at the college.
The principal, however, claimed that the victim was not a student of his institution.
BCL district president Shahriar Alam Samad, talking to New Age, admitted that formation
of the organisation’s Bianibazar unit committee was kept suspended for several years due to the factional clash.
Earlier on Feburay 13, at least 25 students, including a teacher, were also injured during a clash between the two rival groups of BCL at the Bianibazar Government College.
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