Disgruntled BCL members assaulted again, stage sit-in at DU
Bangladesh Chhatra League men who failed to get posts in the newly announced full-fledged committee alleged that they came under fresh attack by the students' body General Secretary Golam Rabbani's followers.
Protesting the assault they started fast-unto-death early Sunday at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture amid rain but later they said they would stage an indefinite sit-in instead of observing a hunger strike.
"We first started a hunger strike to protest the attack. Later, we decided to go on an indefinite sit-in programme considering the month of Ramadan," said Tanvir Hasan Saikat, a former central committee leader of the BCL.
"We will continue our demonstration until we get justice as well as the assurance from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to fulfil our demands over the 'controversial' leaders in the newly formed BCL central committee," said Tanvir. They claimed that they came under fresh attack in the presence of BCL President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and General Secretary Golam Rabbani at the Teacher-Student Centre of the University.
The BCL leaders who claim to have been 'snubbed' or handed 'undesired' positions in the new committee announced on May 13, have resorted to different forms of protest.
A delegation of around 10 to 12 students went to TSC around 2:00 am on Sunday to discuss the removal of the 'controversial members' inducted into the committee and the clashes at Madhu's Canteen on the day of the announcement, members of the disgruntled faction told the Daily Observer.
They were accompanied by the BCL President, General Secretary and their followers. At one point, BCL Central General Secretary Golam Rabbani had an altercation with the Deputy Cultural Secretary of the new committee BM Lipi Akhter, also the president of Ruqayyah Hall wing of the Chhatra League.
Rabbani's followers then attacked Lipi and her supporters, they alleged.
Deputy cultural secretaries of the new committee Nipu Islam Tonni, Tilottoma Shikdar, Deputy Documentation and Publication Secretary Farida Parveen, Deputy Student Scholarship Affairs Secretary Shraboni Shaila, Deputy Secretary on Library Affairs Jiasmin Shanta were among those who were attacked during the incident, the protesters added.
Following the assault the leaders staged a sit-in protest at the Raju Sculpture. The BCL President and General Secretary later went there and pleaded them to call off the protest.
Rabbani apologised to the agitated leaders but to no avail as the protest went on throughout the night amid rain.
Later Lipi told reporters, "I can't describe what we've had to go through. As a woman, I'll only say it to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, our sole guardian. All of us present here have been humiliated and attacked."
Chhatra League General Secretary Golam Rabbani was also involved in the assault, alleged Lipi.
"There was a conflict between those who bagged position in the new panel and those who couldn't. I went to settle it. There was no attack. The deprived leaders are trying to make an issue out of it," Rabbani told the reporters while denying the charge.
Following the protest, Golam Rabbani told the protesters that he would submit resignation letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Sunday) in front of journalists. BCL President Shovon said, "There were some altercations. Nothing like attack happened."
On Wednesday, PM Sheikh Hasina-also the chief of the student front-ordered Chhatra League leaders to drop controversial leaders from its recently-announced full-fledged central committee.
The organisation announced its 301-member full-fledged central committee on Monday, almost a year after its National Council was held.