Following a clash over a struggle for supremacy between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) students at Comilla Medical College (CMC) on January 4 which left 10 students injured, 26 students who were activists and leaders of BCL have been suspended from the institution.
Of the suspended students, 21 belonged to a group led by former president of CMC Chhatra League Abdul Hannan, while the other five belong to another former president of the same organization Habibur Rahman Palash.
College authorities have forbidden all forms of political meetings, discussions, demonstrations, banners, posters, and festoons, as confirmed by Principal and President of the Academic Council Md Mohsin Uz Zaman Chowdhury.
Sources say that the punishment was determined and dealt after a meeting of the Academic Council on Wednesday morning, with the students being asked to leave their respective dormitories. In order to prevent unacceptable incidents, a large number of policemen were asked to guard the campus until the suspended students left.
Of the punished students, three received a three-year suspension, nine received a two-year suspension, and 14 received one-year suspensions. A further 18 were given warnings.
Principal Md Mohsin said: "We have decided on this punishment despite pressure from many different quarters. We must send out the message that one cannot get away with crime. I am not taking any sides; the punishments were decided on the basis of an investigation committee report.”