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Bloody factional clashes rend Chittagong AL

Published : Sunday, 21 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 237
Nurul Amin

CHATTOGRAM, July 20: The internal conflict among the activists of the front organisations of the ruling Awami League has recently increased alarmingly in the port city. During the last three weeks, three such factional clashes took place in the city injuring more than 50 activists embarrassing the party high-ups.
The internal conflict is in the student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Youth wing Juba League and Secchasevak League.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs asked the police to act strictly to curb crimes committed by Chhatra League activists or face disciplinary measures.
Meanwhile, top brass of the police have asked officers on the ground to be professional in tackling violence of the ruling party men.
They have told their grassroots level colleagues that maintaining law and order is a challenge they must meet. They should not be cowed and compromised by political influence.

This sort of student activists regularly collects tolls from the businessmen and from the common man too. They usually interfere in the tender business of the government enterprises, even in the tender of their own college or university.

This type of so-called student leaders and activists possessed illegal arms and ammunition. They used it in running their illegal business.
Even the possessors of those illegal arms and ammunition can never be traced out by the law-enforcing agency.

Such criminal groups are  patronised by some leaders of some political parties. These types of political leaders are known as 'Godfather.' They control the politics of their political party as well as in the locality.
Meanwhile, at least seven people including police constables were injured in a clash that took place between two rival groups of the ruling Awami League at Lalkhan Bazar on June 29 afternoon.  The OC of Kulshi Police Station, Pranab Chowdhury, said that two rival groups clashed at Lalkhan Bazar to maintain supremacy over the locality. The two groups belong to one Didarul Alam Masum, General Secretary of Lalkhan Bazar Ward AL and Abul Hasnat Belal of Shecchasevak League.  The injured have been identified as Manir Hussain,40, Sohel,23, Suman,18, Iman,17. They are now under treatment at the Chattogranm Medical College Hospital (CMCH). To defuse the clash a contingent of police rushed to the spot, where three policemen were injured.

In this connection two cases were filed by the police with the Kulsi Police Station. Meanwhile, the Chattogram Court on July 4 sent a total of 27 Awami League activists to jail in a case of vandalizing an AL office following a factional clash at Lalkhan Bazar area on June 29 last.
The Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Saleh M Noman gave the order on Thursday. All the activists are the followers of Abul Hasnat M Belal, leader of Secchasevak League.

The 27 accused appeared before the court on July 4 and sought bail. But the Court sent them to jail, rejecting the bail petition.
Besides, one Awami League activist was beaten up mercilessly by the opponent group at Akbar Shah Thana area of the port city on July 1 last.
The victim was identified as Muhammad Mohsin, 26, an activist of North Pahartali Ward Awami League. The injured AL activist has been admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

In this connection, the Akbar Shaha Thana police arrested five criminals on the following day. The arrested criminals are, M Masud,18, M Miraj,17, M Saju,24, M Belal,20 and M tarek,18.

According to Jasimuddin, OC of Akbar Shaha Thana, a gang of 15 criminals beat up Mohsin mercilessly at Biswa Colony area in the afternoon of July 1 last. The criminals left the victim with serious injuries.
The police also identified the criminals from video footage.
The criminals are supporters of Jahurul Alam Jasim, Local Councillor and the Joint Convenor Pahartali Ward AL while the victim is the supporter of Sarwar Murshed, other joint convenor of the committee. The incident took place due to internal conflict of the local Awami League Unit leaders.

Moreover, General Secretary of Chattogram College unit of BCL was attacked by his rival group on the night of June 26 on the College Campus. In the attack, Subhas Mallik Sabuj was seriously injured and was admitted to CMCH for treatment. On that night, Subhas was talking with some of BCL activists in front of Suhrawardy Hall. Suddenly a gang of 30 youths armed with lethal weapons attacked him and beat him up severely.

Subhas alleged that the attackers were the followers of one Muhammad Belal. Muhammad Belal belongs to a group of Saiful Islam Lipon, a BCL leader.
When contacted, Khurshed Alam Sujan, Vice President of Chattogram City unit of Awami League told the Daily Observer that some greedy intruders had been engaged in internal clashes only to enjoy privileges of power.
He said the clashes have been taking place for tender business, maintaining supremacy in the locality and extortion.
'It is related with illegal activities, not related with organizational matters,' he said.

He also claimed that most of the activists were not party members. So, he said, the party cannot take any action against them.
The AL leader also said that they had asked the local law enforcing agency to take actions against those criminals.

Sujan admitted that their recent activities had been damaging the image of the party. He disclosed that the party would be compelled to take severe actions against those criminals, if such activities continued.
Talking to the Daily Observer, Mahbubur Rahman, Commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP), said that the clashes among the front organizations of the ruling party had been taking place only to maintain supremacy in the locality.

He also mentioned another cause of the increasing trend of conflict, that is the ensuing City Corporation elections.
The next CCC elections will be held in April next year.
So, the activists of the different front organizations have become active to show their muscle and hold sway in the area.
CMP Commissioner said that no criminal would be spared in the name of party affiliations.

He claimed that the law enforcing agency had taken immediate and effective actions against those persons.

Independent observers believe criminality is inextricably linked with the politics of Bangladesh.  Wickedness of Machiavellianism is conspicuously present in the political arena of our country. Most of the criminals are dominating even controlling the politics of the country.

But the history of student politics in the country is quite appreciable. The student community led the Language Movement and Liberation War in the past. The close connection of the student community had culminated in a successful War of Liberation. Moreover, the student community had fought a lot of movement against all autocratic decisions of the governments in the past.
Present scenario of student politics that is prevailing in the country is contrary to the past. Nobody can think that such a student community can be the henchmen and sycophants of a criminal political leader. They will turn into criminals also, they say.

Comprised of non-student armed hooligans, this brand of political group has indulged in the acts of terrorism and criminality. Higher educational institutions particularly the universities have turned into dens of such criminals. Gunbattle, violence, killing, toll collection, rape, tender snatching including all other nefarious activities those are not related with student community have become regular tasks of this group, the observers say.
Student politics has recently been characterised as cadre culture.  Patronised and protected by a section of corrupt political leaders, a process of reducing student politics into a mechanism of cadre recruitment, was initiated since eighties in our country. Using the signboard of different political parties these misguided armed youths have indulged themselves into terrorism and corruption to consolidate their power.

An innumerable number of innocent students had to meet their premature deaths on the campuses of attaining knowledge and learning of humanity during the last few years. But the concerned political parties and political leaders did not pay any heed to such burning issue of the country. Killings and violence on the campuses have been continuing unabated and uninterrupted with the patronisation of some criminal and misguided political leaders.

Nowadays, terrorism and crime spread all over the country making the civic life miserable.

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