POST TIME: 25 November, 2015 00:00 00 AM
Sher-e-Bangla Medical College
BCL clash prompts suspension of political programmes
Staff Reporter, Barisal

BCL clash prompts suspension
of political programmes

The authorities have put an embargo on holding all types of political progammes on the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) campus from yesterday following an infighting between two groups of the college unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the ruling Awami League. The academic council of the college took the decision at an emergency meeting. At the meeting, a five-member probe committee was formed also tasking it with identifying those involved in the violence on the campus.
The body was asked to submit the report within three working days. At least 10 people, including a policeman, were injured in a clash between two BCL groups at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College on Monday midnight. Ten rooms of two residential halls came under attack during the clash. The attackers allegedly ransacked and looted valuables of the rooms. Police conducted raid on the two halls on Monday midnight. A tense situation was prevailing on the campus while filing this report.
Campus sources said two BCL groups-- one led by Imran Hosen and another by Anup Sarker-- attacked each other over the holding of a programme of Medicine Club. At 11:30am on Monday, the Imran Group took position at Dr Jamilur Rahman Hall while the Anup Group took position at Dr Habibur Rahman Hall at the same time. At 12:55 pm on Tuesday, the Anup group first attacked Dr Jamilur Rahman Hall and ransacked five rooms and allegedly looted valuables.
After a few moments, the Imran group in a counter attack ransacked Dr Habibur Rahman. Fiver people were injured at that time. After the clash, police raided both the halls and continued search in the rooms till 3:00 am. Later the Imran group brought out a procession on the campus demanding removal of Principal Vaskar Shah. The college academic council sat at a meeting where it suspended all political activities on the campus. College principal Dr Vaskar Shah said that those who will be found guilty of creating unrest on the campus must be punished. After the announcement of the  suspension of political programmes, the BCL groups locked in a clash on the campus again, injuring one person. Police later charged batons and arrested one student named Md. Nasim and seized his motorcycle.
Later police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Principal Vaskar Saha said, “We have no way to close the college as all the examinations of the college are scheduled for January, 2016. Students will be badly affected if the halls are vacated.”
On the other hand, campus sources said the situation on campus was deteriorating over the formation of the BCL unit committee. The BCL city unit approved a 14-member committee of the BCL SBMCH unit with Imran Hosen as president and Mostafizur Rahman as secretary. The BCL group led by Anup Sarkar protested formation of the committee. Both the groups had attacked each other on October 28 and the authorities then ordered to close the college. Abu Sayed, senior assistant commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police, said a large number of police members were deployed on the campus to control the situation.