27 BCL activists arrested, arms recovered

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , November 22, 2014

Twenty seven activists of Banladesh Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation, were arrested at places adjacent to the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on early Friday for Thursday’s gunfight on the campus that killed one and injured more than 20.
Kotwali and Jalalabad police stations and Detective Branch of Sylhet Metropolitan Police arrested them in a combined drive and seized a revolver loaded with 4 bullets and 19 machetes from them, the police said.
The Jalalabad police recorded two separate cases on Friday morning accusing some 250 Chhatra League leaders and activists of the gunfight between two rival groups of the organisation that also forced the closure of the university.
Sub-inspectors Shafique and Abul Kalam filed the cases, Jalalabad police duty officer said.
Chhatra League president HM Bodiuzzaman, however, blamed the university authority and the police for the infighting.
At a press conference at Madhu’s Canteen at the Dhaka University on Friday, Bodiuzzaman said that the police and the university authority played silent role during the clashes.
He said that it was learnt primarily that expelled Chhatra League leader Uttam Kumar Das was involved in the clashes and the organisation would not be responsible for Uttam.
He said that an investigation committee would be formed in this connection and if any Chhatra League man was found liable here, steps would be taken against him.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner Rahmat Ullah said that during the combine drive they recovered a revolver loaded with 4 bullets and 19 machetes, used in Thursday’s clash, from Chhatra League activist Shiplu’s house at Pathantula in the city.
He said that they would continue the drive to arrest the persons involved in the clashes.
Kotwali police officer-in-charge Asaduzzaman said that the arrested were handed over to the Jalalabad police.
Chhatra League activist Suman Chandra Das, 24, also a business administration student of Sylhet International University, was killed and more than 20, including the SUST proctor Himadri Sekhar Roy, were injured in the gunfight on Thursday.
The university authority declared the university closed for an indefinite period immediately after the clashes.
The university administration also formed a 3-member committee headed by the university former treasurer Elias Uddin Biswas to investigate the matter.


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