An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League (AL), has been hacked to death and two others injured in a factional clash in Chittagong on Saturday.
The deceased is Yasin Arafat, 23, a third-year student of the Political Science department from Government City College in Chittagong.
Inspector Zahirul Islam, In-Charge of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) police outpost, confirmed this to Dhaka Tribune.
Yasin was the son of Kamal Uddin, a businessman in the port city’s DC Road area.
“The injured activists are Harunur Rashid, 24, a second-year student also of Government City College, and Fahim. Harun has been admitted to the hospital’s ENT department,” said Zahirul.
Details about Fahim have not yet been ascertained.
Several BCL insiders have said the murder took place concerning establishing supremacy over the yaba business at Riajuddin Bazar area in the city, though police have made no comments in this regard.
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Family members of the deceased BCL activist Yasin Arafat at Chittagong Medical College and Hospital Rabin Chowdhury/Dhaka Tribune
Sources with the police and the BCL city unit have said the incident took place between the followers of Yasin and Harun, with both groups being backed by Abdul Ahad, deputy secretary of Mass Education Affairs of the BCL’s Chittagong unit.
Witnesses said both groups attacked each other with sharp weapons around 3:30pm in front of Sakina Hotel of Amtala area at Riajuiddin Bazar under Kotwali police station.
BCL and police sources said there was a brawl between the junior groups of Yasin and Harun, which was lessened by their senior leaders at the college grounds.
Later, Yasin’s group swooped on the other group in front of the hotel.
SM Mostain Hosain, deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (South), said: “An altercation took place between the two groups of BCL in the morning at the college premises over a previous enmity which was lessened by the seniors later. The two groups clashed again at Riajuddin Bazar after two hours.”
“Primarily police found that the incident took place over their previous enmity which may have occurred from their terrible culture,” the DC said.
Seeking anonymity, a police official said: “Yasin had good relations with BCL leader Ahad, but differences were created between them as Yasin allegedly became involved with yaba peddling and a motorbike stealing syndicate at one point. Yasin left Ahad’s group at least two months ago because of this.”
Harun said: “After resolving the brawl, I along with 10 to 15 BCL activists went to Sakina Hotel when a group led by Yasin attacked us with sharp weapons. We had nothing in our hands to protect ourselves.”
Emran Ahmed Imu, president of the Chittagong unit of BCL said: “We have demanded a proper investigation into the murder and the immediate arrest of the killers.”