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Sylhet Chhatra League factions clash, vandalise government offices

Update : 13 Mar 2015, 07:43 PM

Members of two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League ran amok in Sylhet’s Taltola over establishing dominion on Thursday night, setting off crude bombs and vandalising government offices.

Supporters of Sylhet Chhatra League President Shahriar Alam Samad clashed with those of former joint convener of Sylhet city Chhatra League Pijush Kanti Dey, creating tension in the area.

They vandalised windows of the local public works office, sub-registrar’s office and some shops. Four motorbikes, two rickshaws, a van and a bicycle were also set on fire.

Officer-in-Charge of Kotwali police station Asaduzzaman said the clash erupted when Samad’s followers swooped on Pijush’s supporters, who were hanging out in front of the public works office around 10pm.

But Samad said it was the supporters of Pijush who made the attack on a demonstration staged by his group against the abduction attempt of Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the US.

He also claimed that his rivals set the vehicles alight and were scapegoating his supporters for the damage.

Pijush said he was in Companiganj during the incident and the motorcycle of one of his supporters was set ablaze.  Samad also said he was not present at the scene.

Witnesses claimed they heard gunshots during the clash but police denied.

A blood-stained machete was also recovered from the scene.

An official of the public works office said top officials were on the third floor when the clash broke out. 

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