Sylhet’s Shahjalal University unit Chhatra League leaders are enraged as the campus-based journalists are set to stage demonstrations on the campus Sunday against the torture of two fellows for resisting sexual harassment of an SSC examinee.
Joint General Secretary Mrinmoy Das Jhuton has openly been campaigning against the university correspondents of different newspapers and other media on Facebook, saying they would no longer stage protests, but give them a good beating.
Journalist leaders announced a silent procession and a human chain on the campus at noon.
Sardar Abbas Ali, general secretary of the university’s press club and reporter of the Daily Observer, and Syed Nabiul Alam Dipu, press club vice-president and correspondent of the Daily Shokalerkhobor, were beaten up severely by the Chhatra League members at the food court of the campus Saturday evening.
The duo were admitted to Osmani Medical College Hospital. Of them, the condition of Abbas was stated to be critical.
Badrul Alam, a suspended Chhatra League leader of the same campus who hacked college girl Khadiza Akhter Nargis last year, was a member of the same gang.
Nazrul Islam Rakib of mathematics and Rahat Siddique of anthropology were among the Chhatra League members who swooped on the journalists Saturday.
Rakib was suspended by the university authorities for sexual harassment of female students of the university while Rahat is accused in a similar case.
The attack came only hours after the duo and several other campus journalists resisted some Chhatra League members when the later were sexually harassing an SSC examinee of nearby Pathantula High School.
The girl went to the campus with her cousin in the afternoon, but was stalked by some Chhatra League activists. They also hurled abuses and blew cigarette smoke on her face. At one stage, her cousin was beaten up and the duo were asked not to come to the campus again.
When she called Samakal reporter Dipu, he came to the scene with some other journalists, but faced backlash of the Chhatra League men who identified themselves as followers of the unit president, Sanjiban Chakrabarty Partha.
The girl later filed a written complaint with the proctor office.
Jalalabad police’s Officer-in-Charge Akhter Hossain confirmed about the series of events. “We will take legal action against the perpetrators if the university authorities give us specific information,” he added.