Miscreants spilled used motor oil to damage wall art painted by students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Chittagong University to mark Pohela Boishakh.
The incident took place in Badshah Mia Road of Mehedi Bag area in Chittagong, under Chawkbazar Police Station.
Quoting witnesses, a teacher of the fine arts department said: “Three to four miscreants riding on motorbikes flung the used oil on the wall that was painted and fled the scene.”[arve url="https://www.facebook.com/KHMBaPpY/videos/1299168113471207/"/]
“Students were busy preparing for Pohela Boishakh. I received a call around 12:30am and was informed about the incident,” said Shayla Sharmin, director of CU Fine Arts Institute.
Shah Abdur Rauf, additional deputy commissioner (south) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, said: “No one was identified or detained regarding the incident as there were no CCTV cameras near the gates of the institution. However, police are trying to identify the vandals using cameras installed throughout the campus.”[caption id="attachment_57809" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A Fine Arts faculty shows the extent of the damage done to the Pohela Boishakh mural in Chittagong on April 12, 2017 Rabin Chowdhury/Dhaka Tribune[/caption]
Several teachers and students confirmed the mural painting began on March 20.
Earlier on April 9, two activists of Islami Chhattri Sangstha, the female student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh were detained during distributing anti-Pohela Boishakh leaflets from a madrasa in Chittagong's Bakalia area.