Sylhet, Nov 20 : In yet another clash between two rival groups of the Bangladesh Chaatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, a student was killed at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) over establishing supremacy on the campus on Thursday.
Proctor Professor Dr. Himadri Sekhor Roy and 40 others were injured in the clash. They were sent to hospitals, Assistant Proctor Sourav Roy told The Daily Observer.
Few hours after the clash, as the panic spread across the campus, the SUST authorities declared the university closed for an indefinite period and asked students to vacate their dormitories immediately, according to a decision taken at an administrative meeting with Vice Chancellor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan in the chair.
The deceased Suman Das was an outsider, a BBA student of International University of Sylhet.
He was admitted to the MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital but died after a while, doctor Omar Faruk said.
At least 40 other people were injured, including three hit by bullets, during the battle that started around 11 am and lasted about two hours.
The latest campus clash between the BCL rivals took place on the heels of several such incidents at other universities over the years that left some of the activists killed and many injured.
Witnesses said supporters of BCL SUST unit President Sanjiban Chakrawarti Partho and Vice President Anjan Roy engaged in a see-saw battle trying to grab control of the university.
According to the witnesses, the followers of Partho, who had long been absent from the campus, took out a procession and entered the university around 11am. He also led vandalising of the central library building, academic building 'D' and the Shahparan Hall.
The clash broke out when followers of Anjan reached the spot. Both factions opened fires and exploded handmade bombs, leaving at least 40 injured, some with gunshot wounds.
At one stage the followers of Partho staged a demonstration in front of the Shahporan Hall keeping its main gate locked.
They set fire to the banner of the opposition group chanting various slogans. The leaders and activists also raided and vandalised rooms and threatened the general students to leave the dormitory.
The followers of Anjan who took out a procession on the campus with firearms locked into a gunfight with Partho's followers again that left Anjan, Sumon and university's Proctor Himadri Sekhor hit by bullet.
They were admitted to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared Sumon dead.
Apart from Mostakim Ahmed Mostak, Kamrul Islam, Selim Ahmed, Khalilur Rahman, Zia, Jabed, Raj Ahmed Anwar, Jewel, Jahir, Ariful Islam, Manju, Mithu, Ujjal and some unidentified were also injured.
University's Vice-Chancellor Dr. Aminul Haque Bhuiyan, Student Adviser Professor Dr. Anwarul Islam, Syndicate Member Professor Dr. Kabir Hosen, President of SUST Teachers Association Professor Dr. Mohammad Younus, General Secretary Faruk Uddin, Register Mohammad Ishfaqul Hosen rushed to the Shahporan Hall with extra police force.
After few minutes of their visit both the groups again locked into a gunfight leaving a police member injured.
In the mean time more police personnel rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. The police also opened fire and asked the students to leave dormitories quickly.
The followers of Anjan Roy blocked the Sylhet-Sunamganj road protesting the killing of their activist at 4.30pm that continued until 5.30pm.
In this connection Joint Secretary of SUST BCL Sajidul Alam Sabuj, one follower of Partho, said that the cadres of Anjon attacked them with firearms when they were trying to proceed towards the hall in a peaceful procession.
BCL leader Mostakim Ahmed, one follower of Anjan said that, Partho's cadres attacked on them to establish their supremacy.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet Rahmat Ullah said that the clash ensued between two supporters of SUST BCL over establishing supremacy on the campus.
Additional police were deployed in SUST, he added.
Officer-in-charge of Sylhet Jalalabad Police Station Akter Hossain said that no case was filed in this connection till Thursday evening.
The campus situation is totally under control of the police. SUST Vice Chancellor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan said that they would take stern actions against those who were responsible for the incident after proper investigation.
Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee was formed to investigate the death of the student and incident of clash as early as possible.
The committee comprises Professor Elias Uddin Biswas of Mathematics, Mohammad Younus of Chemistry and Nazrul Islam of Business Administration.