Despite repeated criminal activities of ruling party activists, especially those perpetrated by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), law enforcement agencies have remained inactive against them.
Police have arrested some activists but they managed to receive bail, and have been wreaking havoc, as they are not only locked in internal clashes but are also attacking teachers, journalists and opposition activists.
In their latest move, an activist of the Jagannath University (JnU) unit, Prince, along with his associates beat up two journalists and a social activist on Thursday for not complying with his orders.
Sources said they assaulted university correspondent of Daily Manobkantho, Sohayel Mia, Amader Orthoniti’s Md Solaiman and JnU debating society President Monjurul as the newsmen did not vacate their seats for Prince on the university bus.
The unruly BCL activists locked in an internal gunfight at MC College of Sylhet on May 19 in front of the law enforcers that left 10 people hit by bullets. Police, however, did not take any action against the perpetrators.
After publication of news reports and photographs on the incident, police arrested BCL activist Golam Rabbani but failed to take any action against him as he was released some time after the arrest.
Contacted, Shah Liakat Ali, officer-in-charge of Shahparan police station of Sylhet, told the Dhaka Tribune that they were trying to arrest the armed cadres who were involved in the clash that day.
He, however, failed to give any specific answer why he released Rabbani and why they were unable to arrest the cadres although they have been seen in public.
During investigations, it was learnt that Chhatra League activists have killed around 26 people in the last four years.
Among them, 10 people were killed and several hundred injured in attacks from the ruling party’s student body supporters in 10 universities of the country in 2012 alone.
A 10-year-old boy Rabbi was killed on Mymensingh Agriculture University campus on January 19 during BCL infighting.
Before that, the unruly BCL activists of JnU killed Bishwajit Das in Old Dhaka during a road blockade of the opposition alliance on December 9.
In this regard, HM Badiuzzaman Sohagh, BCL central committee president, told the Dhaka Tribune that the BCL would not allow any criminals in the organisation. Wrongdoers were punished in the past and would be in the future too, if their infractions are proved, he asserted.
He claimed that the organisation has assisted police in improving the respect of law and order in the country.
A recent report of Centre for Media Research and Training shows that around 60 higher education institutes of the country were declared shut for indefinite period because of the BCL’s factional clashes and those with their political rivals.
They also locked in 200 clashes in different educational institutes over the last four years that left around 4,145 people injured.
Around 20 teachers of Dhaka University have been assaulted by Chhatra League activists during this time. They assaulted around 20 teachers of Bangladesh Agriculture University on August 20, 2011. On May 10, 2010, BCL activists assaulted a female teacher and 10 female students of JnU.
More than 150 journalists were assaulted by BCL in the last four years by activists of BCL, the report said.
According to media reports, BCL General Secretary Abul Kalam Azad of Dhaka Medical College was killed on March 31, 2009 in an internal clash. Chhatra Moitri Vice-President of Rajshahi Polytechnic College Rezanul Islam Chowdhury was killed on January 7, 2010; and Zubair Ahmed of Jahangirnagar University (JU) died on January 9 last year – a day after he was hacked and beaten up by the Chhatra League activists.
Mostofa Kamal Shanto of Pabna Polytechnic College was killed on January 21, 2010; Faruk Hossain on February 8; Mohiuddin of Rajshahi University on February 11; Harun-or-Rashid Kayser on March 28; Asaduzzaman on April 15; Nasim on August 15; and BCL activist Sohel on July 16.
On February 2, 2010, Dhaka University student Abu Bakar was killed during a clash between Chhatra League and the police. MC college unit BCL activist Palash was killed during a factional clash on July 12.
The BCL activists killed Raisul of Tejgaon Polytechnic College on September 21, 2011 during an internal clash erupted over a trivial matter at the campus canteen. Chittagong University BCL activist Abdur Rahman was killed on October 20 for similar reason.
Jubayer of Shahjalal University was killed on January 9 last year; Mustafa Kamal of Ishwardi was killed on January 21; and Al-Amin was killed in Magura on January 25.
Abdul Aziz Khan of Rajshahi Engineering University was killed on March 12 last year; Billal was killed in Chandpur on April 11; a bank official was killed during a JnU BCL factional clash on April 21; and Fahim Mafuz of Hazi Danesh Engineering University of Dinajpur on September 9.
It is found that in most of the incidents, no cases were filed. Moreover, to some extent, cases were filed against unidentified people though the attackers were exposed through media and witnesses.
Asked about lax action against the Chhatra League activists, police chief Hassan Mahmood Khandker refuted the allegation.
“Law is equal for all. As per code of criminal procedure, action must be taken against all persons who committed crimes after investigation,” he said.