Sylhet, Nov 21: The law enforcers have nabbed at least five Bangladesh Chhatra League activists with weapons raiding different messes besides Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) over the organisations' factional clash that left an outsider student dead on the campus Friday.
A team of Jalalabad police station in the early hours of Friday arrested Sajal Das, Jayanta, Amdadul Hoque, Belal Ahmed and Naim Ahmed, Officer in Charge Akter Hossain told The Daily Observer.
However, BCL President HM Badiuzzaman Sohag categorically denied responsibility for the deadly clash that took place on Thursday noon over establishing supremacy at the campus. At a press conference at Madhur Canteen of Dhaka University, the chief of the student wing of ruling Awami League alleged that the whole incident was misreported by some media in an attempt to blacken the image of BCL.
Meanwhile two separate cases have been registered mentioning 350 unidentified men as suspects. One was lodged by Jalalabad police station for obstructing police men in carryout their duties and conducting attack on them for which a policeman got bullet injury. The other was by SUST authorities for carrying arms on the campus and vandalism. But no murder case has yet been registered for the killing of Suman Das, a BBA student of Sylhet International University.
Officer-in-Charge of Jalalabad Police Station said the body of Sumon Das was handed over to his family members after autopsy. SIU will sit at an emergency meeting today over the murder, the varsity proctor Advocate Jahor Lal Das said. The varsity earlier condemned the death and expressed condolence to the family of the deceased.
BCL president Sohag claimed that BCL SUST unit had no connection with the incident as the deceased, Sumon Das, was a private university's student. "So, how BCL would have any involvement in the clash?"
He blamed the indifference of police and SUST administration to the offenders was main cause behind the incident.
Sohag said, "Uttam Kumar was the prime culprit of the incident. For assaulting the organisation's convener Shamsuzzaman Shumon he was expelled from the organisation a year ago."
"Despite being a charge sheeted accused, Uttam was roaming freely on the campus even after we requested the university authorities and police to take action against him," he added.
The SUST authorities ensured departure of residential female students within 9am on Friday while the male students left the halls on Thursday.