POST TIME: 16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 July, 2018 12:19:06 AM
BCL men assault DU teachers, students
Staff Reporter with DU correspondent

BCL men assault DU 
teachers, students

Quota reform activists, who brought out a procession in front of Bangabandhu Tower on Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding release of their leaders, come under attack allegedly by BCL activists. Independent Photo

Pro-Awami League (AL) students launched an attack on quota reformists at a protest rally yet again at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital yesterday. The quota reform demonstrators organised a human chain, under the banner of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC), to declare a 24-hour ultimatum to university authorities and call for the unconditional release of its leaders in police custody. They also demanded swift justice against those who had attacked the reformists on previous occasions. The programme began around 11:30 am and featured many Dhaka University (DU) teachers.

Around the same time, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists formed another human chain in the same area and continued to taunt teachers and students who gathered at the quota reform rally. They attacked and dispersed the quota reformists when the latter tried to bring out a procession on the Dhaka University (DU) campus around 1pm.

According to witnesses, the marauding BCL activists also harassed the girls who participated in the quota reform rally. Md Tanzimuddin Khan of the international relations department and Fahmidul Haq and Abdur Razzak of the mass communication and journalism department were assaulted at that time.

The witnesses said the BCL men were 'deployed' at different spots on the campus to stop the demonstrators. At one stage, Sayem, organising secretary of the Salimullah Muslim Hall BCL unit, tried to vandalise the video camera of a TV journalist and snatched his mobile phone, they added.

“The BCL activists prevented us from holding a human chain programme at Central Shaheed Minar. They attacked us when we were going towards the Raju sculpture,” said Fahmidul Haq, an associate professor at the mass communication and journalism department.

When asked about the attack, DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani told journalists that a proctorial team rushed to the spot, but no one came to assist the team. He also said the university administration would take action against those who were involved in the chaos.   

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday denied bail to Faruk Hasan, a leader of the quora reform ovement. On July 10, Faruk Hassan had received a two-day remand in two cases in connection with vandalising the DU vice-chancellor's residence and obstructing policemen from performing their duty.

The investigation officer of the case filed a petition to keep Faruq and two others in jail till the probe was over. On July 2, another joint convener, Rashed Khan, was put on a five-day remand by a Dhaka court. On July 8, he was put on another 10-day remand.

Currently, a committee of the public administration ministry is working to make recommendations on the quota system. It will submit its report by July 23. There is currently 56 per cent quota in government jobs. Quota reformists demand the quotas be brought down by 10 per cent.