Fourteen others, including a Jamuna TV camera crew, also came under attack
Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Vice-President, Nurul Haque Nur, and his companions have been reportedly assaulted by Bangladesh Chhatra League cadres in Bogra town.
Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad Convener Rakibul Hasan Rakib said, they were attacked while attending an iftar mahfil ceremony, at the Woodburn Public Library auditorium, in Bogra Municipality Park, on Sunday afternoon.
At least 14 others were also injured, Rakib claimed. Nur was brought to Dhaka, after receiving primary treatment in Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital.
Jamuna TV cameraman Shahnewaz Shaon was beaten up when he went to record the incident, Rakib further claimed.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Rakib said: "Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur was invited as a chief guest to an iftar mahfil held in Bogra town.
"However, when he heard of Nur's arrival, Abdur Rouf, the general secretary of the Chhatra League branch of Govt Azizul Haque College, came to the auditorium with 30-40 members," Rakib continued. "They threatened to close the ceremony, and tore down the banners."
When Nur arrived at the venue with a microbus – with 13 others – around 5pm, the Chhatra League members led by Rouf, beat them mercilessly, Rakib claimed.
"When Jamuna TV cameraman Shaon went to record the footage, he was beaten as well," Rakib said.
In-charge of Bogra stadium police outpost, Mostafiz Hasan, took an injured Nur to Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital. From there, Nur was later brought back to Dhaka in the same microbus he arrived with.
Mostafiz told Dhaka Tribune: "A group of 30-40 miscreants assaulted Nur, and his companions. We are yet to identify them."
Duty doctor in Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital RMO Dr Shafiq Amin Kajal said, Nur received slight injuries on top of his eyes and teeth. "He has gone back to Dhaka."
The alleged Chhatra League assaulters could not be reached over the phone for any statements.
However, Bogra Chhatra League President Naimur Razzak Titas denied any assualt by Chhatra League.
"Bogra Swechcha Sebak League was holding an iftar mahfil ceremony in Titu auditorium in Bogra town on Sunday afternoon," Titas said. "At that time, they heard a commotion in the adjacent Woodburn public library auditorium."
When several leaders went to check, they found that Nur had come to attend an iftar party organized by Chhatra Shibir members, under the banner of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, he said.
"Chhatra League members asked Nur: 'How can you attend a Chhatra Shibir ceremony?'", Titas said. "To that, Nur replied: 'Chhatra Shibir or not, why does it matter to you whose ceremony I attend?'"
At one point during the argument, the two factions engaged in a minor clash. But neither Abdur Rouf nor any other Chhatra League members beat Nur, or any of his companions, Titas claimed.
Meanwhile, Bogra Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge SM Badiuzzaman said, police did not know of Nur's arrival in Bogra. "We do not know the identities of those who assaulted Nur, and his companions. We only know he was slightly injured."
Earlier, on Saturday evening, Nur was allegedly barred, by local leaders of Chhatra League, from joining an iftar party at a restaurant in Brahmanbaria.
The leaders blocked Chattala Express, the train carrying Nur from Dhaka, for about an hour at a station before it reached Brahmanbaria.