21 April 2018, Sat, 11:35

Slapped by BCL leader, man on the run

Rashed Mia, director of a coaching centre in Chittagong city, who was assaulted by a Chhatra League leader, has left his home fearing repercussion to his lodging of complaints with the police.

He filed a general diary with Panchlaish police station on Thursday, only after the video that showed he was slapped rampantly by Chattogram metropolitan unit BCL general secretary Nurul Azim Rony, went viral.

Rashed, director of University Admission Coaching Centre, told the media over phone that he along with his family members is now staying with his relatives.

Rony was in the meantime removed from his position in the BCL, the student wing of ruling Awami League, following the social media reactions to the video.

Rashed sought security to the police.

In the diary, he named Nurul Azim and another activist of BCL. Another seven to eight unidentified persons were also named for attacking him.

"Nurul Azim along with his associates went to my home after the case was filed in connection with the incident of demanding Tk 20 lakh (2 million) and beating me up," he added.

“I am suffering from a sense of insecurity. Now I am staying with my relatives,” Rashed said.
Nurul Azim’s cell phone was found switched off when the media tried to take his comment on the allegation.

However, talking to the media on Thursday, Nurul Azim claimed that he has a "due amount" of Tk 900,000 to Rashed. He went to the coaching centre to realise the money.

Officer in charge of Panchlaish police station Wali Uddin Akbar told the media Friday afternoon that a general diary was filed in connection with giving threat to the coaching centre director and they are investigating the matter.

About Rashed's sense of insecurity, the police officer said they will do everything to give security to him and his family.

“There is no reason to be scared of,” he said.

When asked whether Nurul Azim will be arrested or not, he said they are looking into it.
According to the case statement, on 17 February, Nurul Azim went to the coaching centre and demanded Tk 2 million as extortion. The BCL leader threated to kill him if he did not give the money.

On 13 April, Nurul Azim and BCL activist Noman Chowdhury beat Rashed when he was alone at Mohammadpur in the port city. They again demanded Tk 2 million extortion.

When Rashed said he did not have money, Noman Chowdhury took away the passport of Rashed’s wife and Tk 35,000 from their house. Noman too issued a death threat.

In another incident, Chottagram Science College principal Mohammad Zahed Khan filed a case with the Chawkbazar police station on 4 April, making Nurul Azim and seven other BCL leaders and activists accused of demanding Tk 2 million extortion. The principal also alleged that Nurul Azim and his accomplices physically attacked him.

BCL president Saifur Rahman said on Thursday evening that Nurul Azim was relieved from the post of BCL Chattogram Metropolitan unit general secretary. Nurul Azim also gave a Facebook post stating that he had resigned from the post.

Former general secretary of BCL Chattogram unit Salahuddin termed the incident unfortunate and unexpected.

“BCL leaders should do politics in a nice way. Otherwise, the opposition will take advantage of the situation in the next election. This will harm the party,” he said.