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Eight hurt as Chhatra League, Jubo League men clash in capital

Update : 19 Nov 2015, 06:54 PM

At least eight people were injured yesterday in a clash between Chhatra League and Jubo League members in the capital’s Rampura.

Of them, three are Chhatra League members - Selim, Saimon and Bablu - and the rest are Jubo League activists - Nipun, 22, Arif, 23, Zahiruddin, 35, Jahangir, 28, and Soyeb Ahmed, 28.

Two of the eight also sustained bullet injuries as shots were fired during the clash.  The two groups gave conflicting statements on why the clash broke out, blaming each other for it.

Locals in Rampura’s Palashbagh area said the clash took place when several Jubo League members, who were holding a procession against the Jamaat-e-Islami’s daylong general strike around 11am, were attacked by Chhatra League men.

After they were attacked, the Jubo League men made a counterattack on the Chhatra League members that led to the clash.

Moazzem Hossain Topu told the Dhaka Tribune that Selim, who is the general secretary of Chhatra League’s Ward 22 unit, received bullet injuries when Jubo League men attacked.

He also said that his supporters made a counterattack on the Jubo League men and that is when the clash broke out.

Jubo League member Arif, who is one of the injured, said Topu attacked their procession and opened fire on the participants.

Officer-in-Charge of Rampura police station Rafiqul Islam said the clash was the result of a turf war between the members of the two groups.

“Five Jubo League members were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment after the clash,” he added. 

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