Teachers, students and cultural activists at Rajshahi University on Thursday demanded immediate expulsion of the Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists who allegedly beat up a theatre activist on the campus two days earlier.
They also urged the authorities to ensure a campus where cultural activities could be run freely.
They made the demands while addressing a human chain near the university’s central library in the morning. RU-based theatre troupe Anushilan Natyadal organised the human chain protesting at the attack on one of its members, Moinul Islam.
On Tuesday evening, a group of BCL leaders and activists led by its RU unit information and research affairs secretary Mahmudur Rahman Kanon and RU arts faculty unit joint-secretary Jholok Sarkar beat up Moinul Islam, a final year student of mass communication and journalism department, over a trivial matter.
Addressing the human chain Bangladesh Gram Theatre general secretary Toufiq Hasan Moyna said, ‘We are constantly being attacked. We are forming human chains and demanding justice. Yet, we have not seen any instance of justice.’
Cultural activist and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff warned that a group was trying to initiate chaos on the campus.
Bangladesh Workers Party general secretary and a member of parliament Fazle Hossain Badsha, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation general secretary Akhtaruzzaman, Awami League Rajshahi metropolitan unit leader Kamal Ullah Sarkar, Rajshahi Sammilito Sangskritik Jote general secretary Dilip Ghosh and RU Anushilan Natyadal director professor Malay Kumar Bhowmick also spoke.
Meanwhile, RU mass communication and journalism department teachers and students also formed a human chain in front of the department demanding expulsion of the BCL leaders and activists.