The BCL has attacked the program of the Progressive Chhatra Jote, which was called in protest of hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Independence. The coalition claimed that at least 25 of its leaders and activists were injured. Three photojournalists were also injured while taking pictures at that time.
The incident took place at the Student-Teacher Center (TSC) area of Dhaka University on Tuesday. The injured were treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday to attend the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Independence. Leaders and activists of the student union and the two fronts of the Socialist Students Front, Morcha Pragatisheel Chhatrajote, staged a protest procession at Dhaka University this afternoon in protest of his hospitality. At the end of the procession, the BCL attacked while preparing to burn the effigy in front of Das (Dhaka University Snacks) in the TSC area.
Witnesses said that the BCL workers were already standing by. Apart from this, hundreds of leaders and activists of Dhaka University and Dhaka Metropolitan North Branch of Chhatra League who came to take part in the program of Chhatra League were also present at the Raju sculpture at that time. In the beginning, the leaders and activists of Chhatra League became more aggressive when they tried to retaliate against the attack. At one stage, the BCL leaders and activists who took position in the Raju sculpture also joined the attack. They used to beat the leaders and workers of the progressive student alliance with bamboo, sticks, chairs etc. lying on the road.
Progressive Chhatra Jote leaders Rashed Shahriar, Pragati Barman, Shaheen Akhter, Meghmalla Bose and 20-25 others were injured in the attack, said Al Qaderi, coordinator of the alliance. He said the condition of seven people was serious. Al Qaderi said that Abdul Jabbar, Central Joint General Secretary of Chhatra League, Atanu Barman, Leader of Jagannath Hall Branch of Dhaka University, Mehedi Hasan alias Shant, Leader of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall Branch, Amir Hamza, Branch Leader of Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haque Hall, Salimullah Muslim Hall Branch Leader Hundreds of leaders and activists of Dhaka University and Dhaka Metropolitan North, including Milon Khan, took part in the attack.
When asked, BCL leader Abdul Jabbar denied the allegations, saying the allegations were not true. They did not attack anyone.
Meanwhile, the three injured photojournalists are Harun Aur Rashid of Daily Desh Rupantar, Jiban Ahmed of Daily Manabjamin and Abdul Gani of Daily Ittefaq.
In the afternoon after the attack, the Central Chhatra League gathered at the foot of the Raju sculpture. The rally was held after Bangabandhu was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize-2020 by the Government of India. Chhatra League president Al Nahyan Khan termed the attack as an infighting of the progressive Chhatra Jote. He said the incident could also happen with the sharing of money.
On the same day at noon, the BCL did not allow the burning of puppets of the mass solidarity movement. However, they burned some pictures of Narendra Modi in protest processions and rallies. Meanwhile, leftist student organizations staged a protest on campus in the evening to protest the attack.