Ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League activists once again on Sunday afternoon attacked quota reform movement leaders in Dhaka despite prime minister’s instruction to BCL not to do excesses over the issue.
The fresh BCL attack was carried out hours after Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at secretariat told reporters around 11:00am that prime minister Sheikh Hasina had warned BCL leaders not to cross the limits over the quota reform issue.
Witness said that a band of Chhatra League activists, led by DU chapter BCL organising secretary Saidur Rahman and Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall unit joint secretary Amir Hamza, carried out the attack on the protesters in presence of police at Bata Signal about 5:30pm when they were returning after
attending a rally at Dhaka University.
The attack left at least three injured.
Ratul Sarkar, a joint-convener of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, in his facebook live alleged that he along with two other central leaders of the platform Sohrab and Miaji were returning after the programme when 8-10 BCL men swooped on them.
Nurul Huq Nur, another joint convener of the platform, told New Age that the BCL men ‘cowardly carried out the attack aiming to hijack them’.
Ratul somehow managed to come out of the scene but Sohrab and Miaji were still traceless, he said.
Contacted, Amir Hamza denied the allegation, saying he did not assault anybody and just saw a chaotic situation while he was crossing Bata Signal in his motorcycle.
Central Chhatra League’s recently-expired committee’s vice-president Didar Md Nizamul Islam allegedly led another attack on the quota reform activists in front of Suhrawardy Udyan soon after quota protesters’ rally, eyewitnesses said.
Didar could not be reached for comments.
Earlier, students from different department of Dhaka University held a protest rally at Raju sculpture, demanding punishment of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists who unleashed attacks on quota reform protesters including teachers across the country.
They also demanded unconditional release of quota protesters and safe environment on campuses.
While addressing the rally, Bin Yamin, another joint-convener of Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, appreciated prime minister’s concern over BCL excesses over the quota reform issue.
He said they would continue their movement until unconditional release of imprisoned protesters and punishment of culprits who carried out attacks on them.
He also announced countrywide demo at all universities and colleges on Wednesday to press home their demands.
Meanwhile, Awami-League-backed blue panel teachers of Dhaka University under the banner ‘Conscious Teachers’ also formed a human chain on Sunday morning alleging that vested quarters were hatching conspiracy to destabilise the campus in the name of movement.
BCL activists also beat up an organiser of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation on the Jagannath University campus over his involvement in progressive movements, reported New Age JnU correspondent.
Witnesses said that JnU anthropology department student Rakibul Rakib came under attack by a group of BCL activists in front of the university academic building around 1:00pm.
Rakib, an organiser of JnU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, was rushed to nearby private hospital for primary treatment.
Later, he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, a platform of students and jobseekers, took to the streets on February 17 and continued protests seeking reduced quota in government jobs at 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.
The protestors faced attacks from police and the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation at places, including Dhaka.
BCL activists swooped on quota reformists on June 30, when the quota reform leaders were preparing for a prescheduled press conference in front of DU central library. It left seven injured including Nurul Haq Nur.
Chhatra League activists beat four quota protesters in front of National Museum at Shahbagh on July 1, when they were trying to hold a protest at attack.
The BCL activists once again clubbed quota reform protestors on July 2 when they gathered on Central Shaheed Minar premises to form a human chain.
The same day, Chhatra League leaders and activists hit a Rajshahi University student with a hammer and stabbed him with a dagger in front of the RU main gate.
The Chhatra League activists also beat quota reform protesters at Chittagong University and Jahangirnagar University since April 8, when the protests intensified.
Police arrested at least 11 leaders and activists of the movement, including Rashed Khan, Tarikul Islam, Faruk Hassan, Mashiur Rahman, Jasim Uddin, Suhel Islam, since June 30.
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