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Chhatra League leader pays fines for vandalism, nonpayment at Parjatan bar

Many people get drunk after drinking alcohol, such incidents happen often, says the bar manager

Update : 12 Jun 2023, 12:08 AM

A Chhatra League leader and his supporters were locked inside the Parjatan Motel Bar in Rajshahi for vandalism under the influence of alcohol and refusing to pay the bill.

Later, police and senior BCL leaders settled the matter and got them released on an undertaking. The accused had to pay money for damaging two mobile phones and some glasses. 

The main accused, Ishtiaq Ahmed Hriday, is the Rajshahi Metropolitan Chhatra League organizing secretary. He went to the bar on Friday evening along with 12-13 supporters. When the waiter asked for a bill of Tk7,200, he refused to pay it, identifying himself as a Chhatra League leader. 

It ensued an argument and Ishtiaq beat up two employees of the bar. The BCL leader snatched two phones of the employees as they tried to call the police, and smashed them. The employees then locked the gate and called the police.

After learning about the incident, Rajpara unit BCL President Nabil Hasan and some leaders went there. He then apologized to the authorities, admitted his mistake and gave a part of the promised compensation.

BCL leader Ishtiaq could not be reached over the phone for comments.

Abdur Razzak, manager of the bar, said that many people get drunk after drinking alcohol. Such incidents happen often. 

“Chhatra League activists have also done the same. They have done some damage. Compensation has been received. They have been pardoned for giving a bond to the police that they will not be involved in such activities in the future,” he said.

Sub-Inspector Kajal Nandi of Rajpara police station said that Chhatra League leaders and activists have apologized and paid compensation. So the bar authorities did not file any complaint. 

Nabil Hasan claimed: “The bar employees were not beaten in that way. A minor scuffle took place. But we are repairing two mobiles and already compensated for the damage to the glasses.”

Noor Mohammad Siam, president of the BCL metropolitan unit, said that he will discuss the matter with the general secretary and take organizational measures.

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