AT LEAST 20 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, including Islamic University unit general secretary Rakibul Islam Rakib, were injured in a clash between two factions of the organisation on the campus in Kushtia on Tuesday.
After the clash, police arrested injured Rakibul on charge of creating anarchy on the campus, Kushtia police superintendent Tanvir Arafat said.
Among the other injured were Bipul, Amin Hasan, Masum, Rakik, Samsur Rahman Shams, Jakir, Sweet, Hanif, Al-Amin, Rafit, Shohan and Abdullah, said police. All of them are students of different departments.
Witnesses said that the clash had taken place at about 2:00pm when Rakibul and IU BCL former assistant secretary Faisal Siddique Arafat got locked into an altercation at the university main entrance.
And soon the altercation had turned into a clash when their followers joined them, swooping on each other with sticks and sharp weapons, said the witnesses. They also said that four crude bombs were charged during the clash.
About 20 activists, including Rakibul, were injured in the ensuing clash, said the university police station officer-in-charge Jahangir Arif.
He also said that the clash ensued from a longstanding dispute between the current general secretary Rakibul and former assistant secretary Faisal over establishing supremacy on the campus.
Later, Faisal along with about 200 activists kept the university main entrance locked up from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
‘The university proctorial body, on information, rushed to the spot and sent the injured to the university medical centre and Kushtia General Hospital for treatment,’ said acting proctor Anisur Rahman.
The university authorities formed a three-member probe body headed by accounting and information systems department to investigate into the incident, said vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari. He said that the body had been asked to submit its reports within seven working days.