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BCL men vandalise MBSTU over Facebook status

Update : 01 Feb 2014, 10:16 PM

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Tangail’s Maulana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) locked the administrative building and all the classrooms yesterday, demanding the removal of a teacher of criminology and police science (CPS) department.

Md Rabiul Islam, security in-charge of the university, said the BCL activists, led by CPS students Suman Fakir, Soton and Zahir, locked the administrative building and the classrooms before vandalising the academic building and setting some classrooms on fire.

Assisted by outsiders, the BCL men then forced out all teachers and staffs from the campus, he added.

The agitated BCL members carried out the violence, reportedly protesting a Facebook post by CPS Assistant Professor Jahirul Islam who allegedly spoke ill about the university.

When contacted, Jahirul said he had repeatedly voiced protests against a group of students and outsiders who dominated and collected extortions from the campus by identifying themselves as BCL men.

“Finally I wrote on my Facebook that ‘the dream campus of the MBSTU was in the grasps of devils, thugs and hooligans,’” the teacher added.

Tangail Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge Nazrul Islam said the situation has been contained, while additional police personnel have been deployed on the campus to prevent further violence. No case has been lodged in this connection so far.

Sumon Fakir, Soton and Zahir could not be reached for comments.

Nazmul Huda, president of the BCL’s Tangail district unit, said no BCL activists had engaged in the violence, as there was no committee of the Chhatra League on the campus.

 The university proctor, Khadimul Islam, said authorities were holding an emergency meeting over the matter. 

Pro-VC of the university Prof Dr Muniruzzaman, however, said he was not concerned about the matter.

Earlier on July 2013, BCL activists led by Sumon Fakir allegedly attacked a human chain of MBSTU employees, injuring at least 10 people.

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