'We made the recommendation as the probe report found that those students were involved in the assault'
The Disciplinary Board of Dhaka University (DU) on Monday recommended rustication of one and suspension of seven Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Salimullah Muslim Hall unit over the severe assault of a fellow student.
The disciplinary board, comprising of all deans, provosts and the proctor, took the decision during a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman, confirmed DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani.
Prof Rabbani said: “We made the recommendation as the probe report found that those students were involved in the assault.
“The recommendation will be sent to the syndicate committee for approval,” he added.
The board recommended two-year suspension for BCL hall unit Assistant Secretaries Ruhul Amin Bappery and Fardin Ahmed Mugdho; Deputy Training Affairs Secretary Mehedi Hasan Himel; members Samiul Islam Sami and Ahsan Ullah.
Vice President Ariful Islam has been recommended for one year suspension for instigating his fellow activists.
Assistant Secretary Omar Faruk, who initiated the attack, has been recommended for permanent rustication from the university.
On February 6, the BCL activists assaulted Ehsan Rafiq, a second year student of disaster management and science department, leaving his right eye grievously injured. His fault was that he asked Omar Faruk to return the calculator that he borrowed three months back.
After the assault, the attackers took Ehsan to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and told the duty doctors that he was injured in an accident.
When he returned to the dorm after being treated at the DMCH, the BCL hall unit President Tahsan Ahmed Rasel and his followers also allegedly confined him in a room for eight hours to keep the assault a secret.
Ehsan’s right eye was badly injured as he was punched several times by the BCL men.
“No visible development of his right eye has been seen as of now. Ehsan hardly can see anything with his right eye and could not have a proper sleep over the last few days,” his father Rafiqul Islam said.
As the condition of his right eye has not improved yet after consulting several eye specialists in different hospitals of the city, his family members are planning to take him to India for better treatment.