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Highway blocked over attack on RU student

  • Published at 05:20 pm November 16th, 2019
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File Photo: Students of Rajshahi University protesting in their campus against the attack on students by Chhatra league on Sunday, November 16, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Chhatra League man beat a third year student allegedly for stealing a laptop

Students of Rajshahi University blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway Saturday morning, hours after some Chhatra League activists of the university unit allegedly beat up one of their fellows at a dormitory.

Victim Sohrab Mia, a third-year student of Department of Finance and Banking, suffered injuries to his head, and was undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH). 

Sohrab, a resident of Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall, received 15 stitches to his head.

Asif Lak of Islamic Studies department, and Humayun Kabir Nahid of Bangla department took Sohrab to room no 254 of the hall around 12:30am for grilling over a stolen laptop, according to campus sources.

Both Nahid, and Asif are fourth-year students of the university, and followers of Golam Kibria, Chhatra League president of the university unit. 

Three days back, Asif's laptop was stolen from his room, they said.

Talking to the correspondent Tonoy, a classmate of the victim, said Asif had slapped Sohrab three days ago claiming that he stole Asif’s laptop.

Agitated studetns of Rajshahi university protesting in the universtiy campus on Sunday, November 16, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

“Following the incident, Asif and Nahid took Sohrab to that room Friday night. Then, they locked the room, and Nahid started beating Sohrab with an iron rod,” he said.

Asif also hit Sohrab on his head with a piece of wood continuously, Tonoy said quoting the victim.

After receiving information about the attack, friends of the victim rescued him, and took him to the university medical centre. They later admitted him to RMCH.

When the news spread among the fellows, protesting students brought out a rally on the campus in the morning, and later staged demonstrations on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway, triggering long tailbacks on both sides of the road.

Students halt protest till Nov 17

Protesting students halted their protest till November 17 to allow the university authorities to meet their three-point demand.

The three-point demands are: legal actions against, and expulsion of Asif Lak, Humayun Kabir Nahid, and all others involved in the assault of their fellow student; resignation of Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Hall provost, and university authority to bear medical expenses of assaulted student Sohrab Mia.

Chhatra League forms four-member probe committee

Bangladesh Chhatra League has formed a four-member probe committee to investigate the incident, said RU unit Chhatra League President Golam Kibria yesterday afternoon.

The committee members are: RU unit Chhatra League vice-presidents Mahfuz Al Amin and Suronjit Prasad Mishu, Joint Secretary Sabbir Hossain, and Organizing Secretary Mehedi Hasan Mishu.

Agitated students of Rajshahi university block the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of their university, protesting an alleged assault on a fellow student by Chhatra League activists, on Saturday, November 16, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

The committee has been asked to submit their probe report to the RU unit Chhatra League’s media cell within 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, RU Proctor Prof Lutfor Rahman said they are looking into the matter.

Case filed accusing three

Meanwhile, Sohrab Mia filed a case accusing three people with Motihar police station last night, said Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station.

The accused are Asif Lack, Humayun Kabir Nahid, and Robin, said the OC adding that four people have been detained for interrogating.