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3 quota reform leaders sent to jail in DU VC residence vandalism case

  • Published at 06:07 pm July 3rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:09 pm July 3rd, 2018
File Photo: Chhatra League leaders and activists kicking Joint Convener of Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council Faruk Hasan, lying on the road, as he tries to save himself at Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Monday, July 2, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Detective Branch produced Faruk Hasan, Toriqul Islam and Jasim Uddin before the court on Tuesday

A Dhaka court has sent three joint conveners of the Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) to jail — in a case about the vandalism of the Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s official residence in the early hours of April 9.

The three persons are Faruk Hasan, Toriqul Islam and Jasim Uddin.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Subrata Ghosh sent the trio to prison after hearing preliminary depositions from the state and the defendants.

According to court sources, Detective Branch (DB) Inspector Bahauddin Faruqi, also the investigating officer of the case, produced Faruk, Toriqul and Jasim before the court, and appealed to keep them in custody till the investigation into the case was over.

Additional Commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Devdas Bhattacharya said: “Faruk has been arrested in a previous case, filed with Shahbagh police station, for assaulting members of law enforcement agencies and vandalizing police vehicles.”

Another joint convener of the movement, Rashed Khan, was also put on a five-day remand by a Dhaka court on Monday.

Faruk’s family members and friends claimed that he went missing after coming under attack at Dhaka University campus, and was taken away by members of Bangladesh Chhatra League on Monday.

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The Dhaka Tribune’s social media team found a number of videos posted online, which showed that Faruk was manhandled, dragged and stomped upon, allegedly by Chhatra League activists, in front of the Central Shaheed Minar — before being dragged away on a motorbike by some of the attackers.

According to eyewitnesses, DU Chhatra League’s Bangabandhu Hall unit General Secretary Al Amin Rahman picked up an injured Faruk, on his motorcycle, and handed him over to Shahbagh police.

The Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence was ransacked in the early hours of April 9 — following a program of the Movement to Reform the Existing Civil Service Quota System on April 8.

The incidents took place between 1:30am to 2am after police and Chhatra League clashed with the demonstrators on the university campus.

According to the eyewitnesses, about 500 people took part in the attack and stormed the residence after breaking the building’s main entrance.

They ransacked several rooms and vandalized furniture. The angry protesters also torched two vehicles and several motorbikes parked inside the VC’s residence. CCTV cameras were also broken.

Robiul Islam, sub-inspector of Shahbagh police station, had filed a case in connection with this the next morning.