BCL raids dormitories in search of Shibir activists
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has conducted raids in several student dormitories in search of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir activists.
During the four-hour long raid beginning from Sunday night in different dormitories of the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology aka CUET, the student organisation had also detained five activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir although they managed to escape from the ruling party activists after four hours of detention.
The university authorities have called the BCL raid in their dormitories unwarranted.
Sources in the BCL said a group of BCL activists belonging to the group of CUET unit BCL president Syed Imam Baker, launched raids in different rooms of the Shahid Mohammad Shah Hall around 9:00pm Sunday when they heard that Shibir organised an iftar programme at the mosque of a dormitory of the university.
During the raid, the BCL activists detained five students -- third year students Parvez Mosharraf and Abu Nayeem Mohammad Noman, second year students Md Tahir Talha, Md Ibrahim and Mahamudul Hasan Arif from the hall-- and they were taken to Bangabandhu Hall.
Acting on a tip-off, Bangabandhu Hall provost Kazi Delowar Hossain, assistant provost ATM Shahjahan, Shahid Mohammad Shah Hall provost Mizanur Rahman, the university's student welfare director Md Mashiul Haque rushed to Bangabandhu Hall.
CUET unit BCL president Syed Imam Baker went to the dormitory.
The university administration took written statements from the five students detained by BCL activists around midnight and the students admitted that they were involved in Islami Chhatra Shibir politics.
During the BCL attacks on Shibir activists, the activists of ruling AL's student wing snatched away four laptops, five cellphones, one USB device and several books from the Shibir activists.
The university authorities escorted the five Shibir activists to Shahid Mohammad Shah Hall later around 12:30am. At this stage, the entire campus of the university plunged into darkness due to power failure and the five Shibir activists escaped from the campus.
BCL activists again started launching attacks on Shibir activists in various university dormitories when they heard that the five Shibir activists escaped.
When contacted, Syed Imam Baker told the mediathat they launched the attacks so that Shibir activists cannot create any chaos on the university campus.
University's students welfare director professor Mohammad Mashiul Haque said the five students should not have been picked up without informing the authorities. "And conducting raids in different dormitories is unwarranted too."
He said the university authorities have formed a four-strong investigation committee led by Electrical and Computer Science Faculty dean professor Koushik Deb.
The probe body has been asked to submit its report within seven days.