Protesters rallying for reform of quota system in public service recruitment on Sunday protested at the attack on Jagannath University student Suhel Islam, also an organiser of the movement, and demanded exemplary punishment for the attackers.
They made the demand from a press briefing in front of emergency department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around midday.
Addressing the briefing, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad joint-convener Rashed Khan said that the attackers would not have dared to carry out the brutal attack had Shahbagh police not refused to record general diaries when top leaders of the movement received death threats from Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Rashed alleged that though the attackers were identified neither the Jagannath University administration nor the law enforcing agencies took any action against the culprits.
Suhel, joint-convener of the parishad, was severely injured in an attack allegedly by BCL Jagannath University unit activists on May 23. He is also an organiser of protests for scrapping the removal order of English department associate professor Nasir Uddin Ahmed.
At the briefing, Suhel said that some Chhatra League activists swooped on him and left him seriously injured in front of the campus. ‘The attackers caused injuries to my face, body and legs with iron rods,’ he said.
‘Seeing their images on Facebook, I identified at least two of the attackers —statistics department student Menun Mahfuj and psychology department student Alim Babu,’ he said.
Suhel’s mother Jamila Begum sought prime minister’s intervention demanding justice for her son.
The anti-quota platform convener Hasan al Mamun warned that they would resume agitations if the gazette notification was not published within a short time.