An Islami Chhatra Shibir activist has confessed to have attacked the Rajshahi University (RU) unit’s Bangladesh Chhatra League General Secretary.
Rajshahi Metropolitan unit Shibir’s Sports Affairs
Secretary Abdullah Al Masum said they had planted their men in Chhatra League
and were capitalising on the Awami League student front’s internal
Police arrested Masum on Saturday for his role in attacking
General Secretary Touhid Al Tuhin.
Shibir is the student affiliate of
Jamaat-e-Islami, a party that had actively opposed Bangladesh’s struggle for
freedom in 1971, and known for its acts of violence.
Masum confessed to
leading the attack on Tuhin at Sunday’s press briefing. But Shibir has distanced
itself from Masum, claiming he had been expelled three years ago.
had been attacked on the campus and is currently undergoing treatment in a Dhaka
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner SM Munir-uz Zaman
said Masum led the attack.
“He had led at least 60 acts of violence in
Rajshahi,” Zaman said at the briefing. “We finally arrested him after yearlong
Masum claimed the Chhatra League leaders, who were left out of
the latest committee of the university, orchestrated the attack.
assisted them on condition of safe passage after the attack,” he said.
admitted to taking part in an attack on RU Chhatra League President
Akhteruzzaman Takim and severing his tendons.
The violent factional
clashes of the student front had been seen in the past as well.
Vice President of the student front and incumbent Communications Minister
Obaidul Quader had observed that recurring factional clashes were weakening
Masum said, “Several of our activists (Shibir) are with
Chhatra League. Their main task is to establish communication between the
clashing groups and Shibir during factional clashes.”
leaders had also raised concerns over the ‘Shibir intruders’. Such claims were
made when Jagannath University Chhatra League activists were accused of killing
Old Dhaka youth Biswajit Das.
Masum said the attack on Tuhin had been
planned long ago.
He said they had targeted everyone involved with the
2009 killing of Shibir’s RU unit Secretary Nomani.
“Tuhin became our
target after he came out with arms on Sep 11 last year when Shibir tried to
enter the campus,” he said.
Chhatra League was criticised as pictures of
Tuhin firing shots from a firearm was published in newspapers.
from Rajshahi’s Terokhadia, is a second -year BSc student at Dhaka’s private
Prime University. He said he first got involved with Shibir in 2007 after taking
admission in the Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Shibir’s RU unit Acting
Publicity Secretary Ahmed Ziauddin Bablu claimed police had ‘stage-managed’ the
press conference and Masum’s statement.
“He was expelled from the
organisation in 2010 for his activities against the organisation,” he said in a
Bablu had earlier rejected his organisation’s involvement in
the attack on Tuhin.
In another statement on Saturday, he had said the
attack might have taken place at the instigation of the General Secretary
aspirants at the Chhatra League’s 24th council on Jul