Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League, on Thursday chased the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, out of the Dhaka University campus.
The JCD leaders had gone there to join an open discussion on holding the election of the university’s central students’ union which has remained non-functional for the past 27 years.
A group of Dhaka University students demonstrating for DUCSU election arranged the discussion and invited all the major student organisations.
According to witnesses, some 70-80 leaders and activists, led by JCD’s DU unit president Al Mehedi and general secretary Abul Bashar Siddique, went to Madhu’s Canteen to attend the discussion around 11:00am.
BCL leaders and activists then gathered there and chased JCD activists with sticks.
JCD’s Abul Bashar Siddique told New Age that they had gone to the campus to participate in the discussion but Chhatra League activists chased them without provocation.
BCL DU unit president Abid Al Hasan told New Age that the JCD activists had been trying to create anarchy on the campus and so they chased them out.
Masud Al Mahadi, convener of the event, said that they had invited three JCD representatives to take part in the discussion but they did a showdown and then BCL activists chased them out, which was ‘unfortunate and undemocratic’.
The BCL did not participate in the open discussion.
Representatives of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Socialist Students’ Front and students of different departments took part in the discussion.
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