JCD activists vandalise BNP office

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:44, Jun 26,2019


A section of Chhatra Dal leaders and activists vandalise BNP office at Naya Paltan in Dhaka on Tuesday during an agitation. — Abdullah Apu

A faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and activists vandalise the office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The activists demanded revocation of a BNP decision that set maximum age limit for the leadership and expulsion order of 12 leaders.

Younger leaders and activists of BNP’s student front, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, on Tuesday welcomed the decision to hold national council on July 15 while the aggrieved elderly leaders and activists went on demonstrations seeking action to revoke the decision.

The protesters, mostly members all passed SSC examination before 2000, are now staging demonstration demanding withdrawal of age limit of aspirants in the next national council and expulsion of 12 leaders and deferment of the council now set for July 15.

The elderly leaders started their agitation as BNP on June 3 dissolved the previous national committee and set condition that anyone who passed SSC before 2000 or got married, would not be able to contest in the election of the next JCD council.

At about 11:00am on Tuesday, a group of JCD younger leaders and activists brought out a procession in front of the BNP office hailing the decision on council. Later they entered the party office.

At about 11:45am, over 200 leaders and activists of the aged faction gathered in front of the party office and began their agitation by blocking the main entrance of the party office that resulted in confinement of BNP senior leaders and activists inside the office.

At about 12:30pm, witnesses said that the agitators tried to enter into the party office and, being resisted from inside, vandalized a table and CCTV camera of the office when at least four of the agitators became injured.

Injured Mahbub Imtiaz claimed that DUCSU GS candidate Anik and AGS candidate Sohel threw broken glasses on them from inside the office that injured him and some other JCD activists.

At about 1:00pm, dissolved committee vice-president Ikhtier Mahmud Kabir, also one of the expelled leaders, said that they had suspended their demo for Wednesday as senior leaders asked them to remain calm.

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