The BCL yesterday announced that they would hold a rally on the campus today while Left-leaning parties to stage demonstration on the premises of Central Shaheed Minar.
Left-leaning parties of the university unit have been observing different types of agitation programmes since August 2 demanding allocation of land of old Dhaka jail which has remained vacated since the jail shifted to Keraniganj, outskirt of the capital.
Campus sources said since the beginning, the BCL men wanted leadership of the movement, but the leftist parties have been observing programmes keeping BCL, the students’ front of the ruling party Awami League, in the sideline.
President of BCL university unit FM Shariful Islam said Chhatra League usually led the students of the university, so it was obvious that it would lead all the movements regarding students’ interest.
“So we [BCL] will lead the movement to realise the vacated land of old Dhaka jail from the authorities concerned,” he added.
Pointing fingers at left leaning parties, he said: “Who are they to lead the movement?”
Bangladesh Chhatta Union President, JnU Unit, Al-Amin said the BCL was trying to foil the movement of general students which they did in 2014.
When general students tried to bring out a procession, BCL men snatched banners, posters and leaflets from students which was the indication that the Chhatra League was not with students’ demand.
The BCL men also threatened Rakibul Rawshan, vice-president of the Bangladesh Chhatra Union, with dire consequence.
Campus sources said, leaders and activists of BCL swooped on agitating students in the morning, leaving over 100 students injured.
Al-Amin said as a part of their scheduled programme, they took position on the campus around 8am. Suddenly, BCL leaders and activists led by its President Shariful Islam and Secretary SM Sirajul Islam attacked them.
About 25 students were rushed to nearly clinics and hospitals soon after the attack as they were critically injured.
“I also received injuries. Now, I am undergoing treatment at Medinova Hospital at Paltan,” told Alam to the Dhaka Tribune over phone.
General Secretary of BCL, JnU unit SM Sirajul Islam said: “They tried to drive out those people who were outsiders who wanted to create anarchy in old Dhaka,” he said.
“We will stage protest at Shaheed Minar. No class and examination will be held tomorrow at JnU, said the BCL leader.”
Authorities of the university have already appealed to the government to give allocation of the land the public university.
On August 21, meanwhile, the authorities of the university formed an 11-member comitee led by business faculty dean Moniruzzaman to talk with agitators.