Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Poush 29, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 30, 1437 Hijri


Death of Madrasah student
B'baria rail station vandalised; daylong hartal Wednesday
Our Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 12 January, 2016,  Time : 3:06 PM  View Count : 110
Brahmanbaria: Madrasah students went berserk, vandalised and set ablaze Brahmanbaria Railway Station on Tuesday following the death of a fellow student in a clash.

The district town turned into a veritable battle field as the students of Jamia Yunusia Madrasah damaged rail station, bank, offices of a local MP and a newspaper, gheraoed police station and barricaded roads.

The district town turned into a veritable battle field as the students of Jamia Yunusia Madrasah damaged rail station, bank, offices of a local MP and a newspaper, gheraoed police station and barricaded roads.

Rail communication of Dhaka with Chittagong and Sylhet remained suspended following the vandalism.

Meanwhile, a countrywide daylong hartal has been called for Wednesday to protest the death.

Local sources said Hafez Masudur Rahman, a student of Jamia Yunusia Madrasah, received injuries in a clash between the students and traders in a shop at District Council Market in the town on Monday evening over purchasing of a mobile phone set. Masud died on Tuesday morning.

As the death news spread,  enraged madrasah students came down to the street and took position at different points in the district town.

They also gheraoed Sadar (Model) police station from 8am to 1pm.

The angry students entered the railway station in procession and launched attack haphazardly.

They damaged a computer used for selling tickets, CC cameras, some furniture at the station master's room, broke the signalling machine in the control room and burned all tickets.

Rail communication of Dhaka with Chittagong and Sylhet remained cut off following the vandalism.

Chittagong-bound Express train from Dhaka got stranded at Paghatang station near Brahmanbaria.

Bank Asia office at Kachari crossing was vandalised while 'Sur Samrat Alauddin Sangeetangon' at Kumarsheel crossing was set ablaze by the unruly students.

At the same time, another group damaged local lawmaker and district Awami League president Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury's office at Haldar Para.

They also vandalised former district BCL president Mahmudul Haque Bhuiyan's house and set fire to three motorcycles and a microbus in front of the house.

However, Border Guard Bangladesh members have been deployed to avert any untoward incident.

It is alleged that although members of BGB, RAB and police were deployed at different points, they were not seen at the spots during the skirmishes.

A triangular clash ensued among the law enforcers, madrasah students and  BCL activists after at about 1pm.

Meanwhile, District Quawmi Oikya Parishad called a nationwide daylong hartal for Wednesday demanding arrest and punishment to the killers.

A tense situation is prevailing in the municipal area.

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