Bangladesh Chhatra League suspended four of its members temporarily and one permanently from the organisation over factional clash at Madhu’s canteen of Dhaka University on May 13.
Among them Salman Sadik, activists of Zia hall Chhatra League were suspended permanently while general secretary of science faculty Gazi Morsalin Anu, Kazi Siam and Sajjadul Kabir, both members of Zia hall Chhatra League and Zarin Dia, former member of central Chhatra League were suspended from the organisation temporarily, said a press release of the organisation on Monday night.
Signed by BCL central president Rezwanul Haque and general secretary Golam Rabbani, the press release also issued showcase notice to BCL Ruqayyah Hall unit president BM Lipi Akhter, Hasibur Rahman Shanto, planning and programme affairs secretary of Zia hall unit for breaching organisation’s rule within three days.
On the day of the Madhu’s canteen incident, at least 15 leaders and activists of Chhatra League were injured when the some members of the organisation swooped on those who organised a protest as they were deprived of posts in the 301-member full-fledged central committee following its announcement.
Earlier, Leaders of Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League, who felt deprived after they failed to secure posts in the newly announced central committee, postponed their protest on early Monday upon assurance from the party’s top brass to resolve the fiasco.
Party insiders said Chhatra League central committee and deprived fraction held a meeting with joint general secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, and organising secretaries Bahauddin Nasim and Mozammel Haque at the political office of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, in Dhanmondi in the early hours of Monday morning.
Saif Babu, spokesperson for the deprived faction and former publicity affairs secretary of BCL said that they called off the protest around 2:00am after assurance from senior leaders of Awami League.
Earlier on Sunday, a group of deprived leaders began an indefinite sit-in at the base of anti-terrorism Raju memorial sculpture of Dhaka University, protesting the attack on them by the followers of Chhatra League central secretary Golam Rabbani.
Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina approved the central committee on May 13, eleven months after Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani were made president and general secretary respectively, in the 29th council session of the organization.
The approval sparked outrage among leaders of Chhatra League fractions.
A release signed by Rezwanul Haque and Golam Rabbani was circulated in the late afternoon, on the day of the approval came, confirming the new committee that featured 61 vice-presidents, 11 joint secretaries, 11 organising secretaries, deputy secretaries and assistant secretaries.
By evening, at least 15 leaders and activists of Chhatra League were injured in a factional clash following announcement of its 301-member full-fledged central committee.
The leaders of the deprived faction claimed that the new committee had many leaders with criminal records, drug abusers, drug dealers, and even married people and non-students. They also said that the committee deprived devoted leaders and activists.
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