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Nur fears for life after surviving eight attacks

  • Published at 09:06 pm August 19th, 2019
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Ducsu VP Nurul Haque Nur addresses the media at Modhur Canteen in Dhaka University on Monday, August 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

At the medial call, he also clarified his stance regarding an attack on him, and his supporters in Patuakhali on August 14

Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Vice-President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur has said that his life is now at stake, after surviving eight attacks on him carried out by activists of the ruling party, and its affiliate organizations since June 30.

“Even after all these attacks, I did not get any help from the law enforcement agencies,” he claimed yesterday, while addressing a press conference at Modhur Canteen in DU.

“Instead, my fellow activists and I have received threats from both ruling party men, and officials of government intelligence agencies at different times for protesting against irregularities,” Nur alleged. “We even received death threats from them.”

At the medial call, he also clarified his stance regarding an attack on him, and his supporters in Patuakhali on August 14.

Nur is one of the leaders of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC), which spearheaded last year’s movement that reformed the quota system in public service. On March 11, he was elected VP of Ducsu after a long-awaited election.

He said: “I have done nothing wrong. Still, BGSRPC activists, and I have repeatedly been attacked, and subjected to the anger of the ruling party men.

“It is only because of our protests against irregularities, and wrongdoings. Ruling party men, and intelligence officials have also called our protests as anti-government acts.”

He claimed both groups had threatened him and others, saying the consequences of holding anti-government mentality would leave them behind bars like BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

On August 14, Nur said, he was attacked by an unknown number of men at Galachipa upazila’s Ulania Bazar in Patuakhali while going to his sister’s house in Dashmina upazila.

He alleged that Galachipa Upazila Parishad Chairman Shahin Shah led the attack at the behest of Patuakhali 3 MP SM Shahjada Saju, who is the nephew of Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.

Nur claimed: “They attacked us with steel chains, and locally available sharp weapons. They also barred us from receiving treatment at the local hospital.

“We had suspected the attack was coming, and sought help from the police. But the Galachipa police station OC did not cooperate with us.”

The Ducsu VP went on to seek justice from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.

Addressing the prime minister, he said: “Few days ago, you said that there is no bar in criticizing the government, and there is freedom to express dissent.

“I urge you to ask your party men, and law enforcement officials to stop oppressing the people with different opinions, and maintain a democratic environment.”

Mentioning that criticism of the government’s wrongdoings is a democratic right of a citizen, he said: “I always raise my voice against the lawlessness, and irregularities. No one can stop me from protesting these irregularities."