>ISLAMI Chhatra Shibir (ICS) general secretary of the Rajshahi University (RU) unit was killed and at least 100 others were injured in clashes between the ICS and the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus today, The Daily Star reports.
Campus sources said a fresh clash erupted at the Sher-e-Bangla Hall as Shibir activists went there to rescue their men confined to the hall at about 12:30pm, leaving Sharifuzzaman Nomani killed and at least 20 others injured.
The condition of RU unit Organising Secretary of the Shibir Farhad Alam was stated to be very critical.
The sources said earlier in the morning the Shibir men locked entrances of all the 11 male dormitories of the university and beat up the BCL leaders and workers.
More than 50 students were injured at different halls of the university including 11 critically at the Suhrawardy Hall alone.
The Shibir activists also attacked on the BCL and the Awami League (AL) leaders and workers outside the campus.
Later, BCL men locked the entrances of the halls from outside, confining the Shibir men to the halls.
In this situation, as Shibir activists tried to enter the campus to rescue their men, the BCL men jointly with the local AL leaders and workers resisted them, prompting clashes at Binodpurbazar near the university.
At least 30 people were injured in the incident.
All the injured were taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCL) and the RU Medical Centre on the campus.
Sporadic clashes were going on till filing of this report at about 10:30am.
Additional police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were deployed in and around the campus to bring the situation under control.
Traffic movement on the Rajshahi-Dhaka route came to a total halt following the incident.
A tense situation has been prevailing on the campus.
Following the incident, the vice chancellor is holding an emergency meeting on law and order situation of the university attended by senior police officers in Rajshahi including the additional police commissioner.
Earlier yesterday, RU unit President of the BCL Ibrahim Hossain Moon filed a case against 500 Shibir activists including its RU unit President Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, General Secretary Sharifuzzaman Nomani, Organising Secretary Farhad Alam and former RU Shibir president Emaj Uddin Mondol in connection with the Wednesday’s clash that left at least 20 BCL men injured.
Following the case, police at about 3:00am raided all the 11 male dormitories and rounded up around 70 Shibir men as they were residing at the halls without any identity cards, police said.
Police also raided the adjacent private student dormitories of the university to find those who were involved in the Wednesday’s clashes at the UR.
On Wednesday, at least 20 BCL men, including RU unit president and general secretary, were injured in a clash between BCL and ICS on the university campus.
Meanwhile, the RU authorities yesterday imposed restrictions on political activities including processions and rallies following the Wednesday’s clash between BCL and Shibir on the campus.