At least four Bangladesh Chhatra League activists including a central leader were injured on Monday afternoon when a fight broke out among members of the student organization on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
Chhatra League's Drama and Debate Affairs Secretary Imrul Hasan Nishu, former central committee member Md Mahbub Khan, and activists Maskat Hossain and Sagar Rahman were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment after the altercation, which occurred in front of Madhur Canteen.
“We were beaten up… at the order of Chhatra League President Saifur Rahman Sohag,” Mahbub told the Dhaka Tribune.
Mahbub said Central Vice-President Arefin Siddique Sujon had asked Sohag why he had not yet finalized the preparation committee for the upcoming central council, which is due to be held next month.
“The conversation soon turned violent, and Sohag's and Sujon's followers got involved in a scuffle,” Mahbub said. “When I tried to intervene and stop the fight, Sohag instructed others to attack me as well.”
Mahbub accused Chhatra League central committee Vice-President Arifur Rahman Limon, Joint Secretary Md Nizamul Islam, Organizing Secretary BM Ehtesham, and another leader named Sagor of the assault.
Mahbub further claimed that he had been verbally abused and threatened on Facebook by several Chhatra League leaders in previous times.
Also present during Monday’s scuffle was Aminul Islam Bulbul, the former organizing secretary of Chhatra League's Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Haq Hall unit.
Aminul said he asked Sohag and Chhatra League General Secretary Jakir how much money they had taken from BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman to remain silent during the quota reformation movement of general students.
“They were silent after hearing my question; later, their followers attacked us,” he said.
General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain declined to comment when contacted by the Dhaka Tribune.
“It is our internal issue,” he said.