The incident took place at the hall’s ‘guest room’ on Friday night
Bijoy Ekattor hall authorities of Dhaka University (DU) has suspended an ‘illegal resident’ student, also an activist of the hall unit Chhatra League, for assaulting a fresher with a cricket stump.
A notice, signed by the hall Provost Prof AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, was issued in this regard on Sunday.
Rabbi Ahmed, a second- year student of Pali and Buddhist Studies department of the university, has also been show-caused asking why he would not be expelled permanently from the dormitory, the notice added.
Following the notice, Rabbi will not be able to stay in the hall and might also lose his residential status from the hall if expelled.
About Rabbi’s offense, it was mentioned: “It is a punishable offense as per the DU rules as Rabbi has been seen hitting a first year student with a cricket stump at 11.30pm on September 27 in the hall guest room.”
Rabbi has been asked to reply in writing within three days.
If he fails to do so or his reply fails to satisfy the authorities, then punitive action will be taken against him as per the university rules, the notice also said.
Earlier on Friday night, Rabbi reportedly assaulted a fresher as he could not join the front’s scheduled political program.
The incident took place at the hall’s ‘guest room’, just four days after DU unit Chhatra League issued a handout directing activists not to get involved with any indecent and defamatory activities.
Rabbi Ahmed, a fellow of Central Chhatra League’s acting president Al-Nahean Khan Joy, beat up Rana Akondo, with cricket stump at the hall’s guest room for failing to join the last few political programs of the student front.
Seeking anonymity, several first and second year students of the hall who were present during the incident said, some second year students of the hall quizzed the fresher over their absence at the ‘guest room’ after seeing low attendance at consecutive programs.
Guest room is a culture where Chhatra League leaders ‘teach’ a fresher on a set of ‘manners’ of exchanging greetings with seniors, delivering political speeches and chanting slogans in rallies and processions using the dorm’s waiting room.
Soon after the guest room began at around 10:30pm, Rabbi started quizzing Rana on why he was not joining the programs.
“Rana replied that he could not join the programs for personal reasons but that did not make Rabbi happy and he started beating Rana with a cricket stump,” a witness claimed.
Rabbi also allegedly threatened to evict the fresher from the dormitory if he continues to skip programs in the future.
Contacted, Rabbi denied the allegations claiming that he along with his year mates had nothing but ‘discussion’ with the fresher and there was no incident of beating anyone.
The victim also refused to make any comment over the matter.
Meanwhile, Al-Nahean Khan Joy said: “I have been notified about the incident. We have started looking into the matter. We will take action against the party activist if found guilty.”