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Chhatra League, Shibir clash in Chittagong

Update : 16 Dec 2015, 08:13 PM

Chhatra Shibir-dominated Chittagong Government College in the port city turned into a battle field as the members of the student wings of Awami League and Jamaat-e-Islami locked into a fierce clash on the campus yesterday noon.

The college authorities after an emergency meeting chaired by Principal Prof Jasmine Akhtar declared three male dormitories and another for the female closed for an indefinite period.

A five-member probe committee was also formed following the clash that ensued after the Chhatra Shibir men had allegedly fired several shots at Chhatra League members holding a rally after placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar on the college premises around noon.

Five students were injured during the clash, said campus sources. But their identity could not be confirmed immediately.

In the afternoon, the Chhatra League men vandalised several buildings of Hazi Muhammed Mohsin College, located on the opposite side of Chittagong College, alleging that the Chhatra Shibir activists had opened fire on them around 4:30pm.

In the night, two dormitories of the college were declared closed following an emergency meeting.

Academic activities at the two colleges would continue, administrative sources said.

The activists of Chhatra League took position outside Chittagong College campus when they were attacked by the Chhatra Shibir men and hurled bricks at the rivals.

Later more Chhatra League leaders of the unit and the metropolitan unit came, and they launched an attack on the Chhatra Shibir members. Chase and counter-chase took place between the groups at that time, witnesses said.

Chhatra League leader Mahmudul Karim, also a final year student of history department, claimed that the Chhatra Shibir activists had opened fire from the rooftop of the New Academic Building.

Police went to the spot on information and dispersed the clashing students by firing blank shots, Chawkbazar police OC Aziz Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune, adding that they had detained 50 students from the spot. Action would be taken after scrutinising their identities, he said.

Following the clash, the Chhatra League members staged demonstration demanding closure of the dormitories which are known as the stronghold of Chhatra Shibir. They also confined the principal in her office for one hour.

Later police raided two halls around 3pm but could not recover the firearms. They seized some jihadi books and organisational documents of Chhatra Shibir from the dormitories.

Senior officials of the police were present during the raid. Additional Commissioner (crime) Devdas Bhattacharya said that additional police were deployed on the campus to avert any untoward incident.

Vandalism at Mohsin College

The agitated activists of Chhatra League went on rampage for around 30 minutes at Mohsin College around 4:30pm when the Chittagong College authorities were holding an emergency meeting about the clash.

After a meeting last night, Vice-Principal Prof Alamgir Chowdhury said that two dormitories of the college had been declared closed for an indefinite period.

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