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Chhatra League continues to be violent

Update : 21 Nov 2014, 07:03 PM

More and more acts of atrocity and crimes, including killing and mugging, committed by Chhatra League activists at educational institutions continue to be reported across the country.

There have even been reports of Chhatra League activists killing their own fellows for trivial reasons or to establish dominion.

To date, killings at educational institutions have amounted to eight since the tenth parliamentary elections were held on January 5. The victims include five Chhatra League men, a Chhatra Dal leader, a Chhatra Shibir leader and a general student. Four institutions were also closed because of clashes involving Chhatra League factions during the period.

Top Chhatra League leaders have been said to be busy making their own fortune and their incumbencies have run out. Besides, disqualified leaders were allowed to form the majority of the committees in exchange for money, a reason they are now unable to control activists. 

In a meeting with Chhatra League leaders on November 13, Prime Minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy advised them not to be involved in acts that might defame the ruling party.

But his advice seems to have fallen on deaf ears as two Chhatra League factions got into a gunfight at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology over establishing dominion on the campus on Thursday. Sumon Roy, a third-year business student at Sylhet International University, was killed in the gun battle. 

Chhatra League men, as a matter of fact, have run amok on different occasions after the Awami League claimed victory in the 2008 general elections. According to reports, Chhatra League factional clashes have accounted for 38 deaths around the country since then.

On November 2, Chhatra League activist Mahmudur Rahman Manna was killed in a Chhatra League factional clash in Halishahar of Chittagong. On October 29, Mustafizur Rahman Taukir died when his Chhatra League fellows pushed him out of a train while he was returning to Chittagong after attending a conference in Dhaka.

Earlier this month, Dhaka University authorities temporarily expelled four Chhatra League activists for assaulting a photojournalist and his nieces on the campus.

Several Chhatra League men were sentenced to death last year for assaulting and killing a tailor named Biswajit in Old Dhaka in 2012.

Requesting anonymity, a vice-president of the central committee of Chhatra League, told the Dhaka Tribune Chhatra League men have no accountability.

“In many cases, those who were disciplined for their misdeeds later occupied key posts in the organisation. This is why Chhatra League men are not afraid of committing atrocities,” he said.

Another Chhatra League leader said the present central committee expired more than a year ago as the leaders took oath on July 11, 2011.

“The committee was formed for two years. Now most of the leaders are trying to get government jobs or to get involved in business by using party posts,” he said.

Chhatra League President Badiuzzaman Shohag could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts over the phone.

He, however, claimed at a press briefing yesterday that Chhatra League was not involved in any offence.

“The press is spreading propaganda against Chhatra League,” he added. 

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