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University of Chittagong and victimized student (inset) Tapos Sarker

BCL faction threatens indefinite strike at CU; issues ultimatum to authority

A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Chittagong University on Wednesday threatened for a wildcat strike on the campus from Sunday if their six-point demands were not met by Saturday.
The faction, VX group that stands for ‘Varsity Xpress’, announced the six-point demands giving a 72-hour ultimatum to the concerned authorities during a press briefing held at the Chittagong Press Club.
The demands include trial of the main killers of Chhatra League activist Tapos Sarker through fair investigation, expulsion of Hathazari police officer-in-charge Md Ismail for negligence in duty and the release of all VX group supporters who were implicated in false arms and murder cases in connection with Tapos killing.
On December 14, two factions of the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation engaged in a gunfight over an insignificant issue of taking position during placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar to mark the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
The infighting left Tapos Sarker, a first year Pali and Sanskrit department student dead.
Sources in the university said Tapos was a follower of CFC group which means ‘Choose friends with care’.
Hafizul Islam, a classmate of Tapos, lodged a murder case against 50 men with Hathazari police station on Tuesday, citing 30 names and keeping anonymous 20 more people.
Earlier, Hathazari police sub-inspector, Habibur Rahman, had filed an arms case on Sunday (December 14) after the gunfight between the factions.
The police arrested 28 Chhatra League activists so far in this connection.
All the arrested are loyal to VX group, the faction claimed.
New Chhatra League committee of the university unit was yet to be formed after the past committee was dissolved in April, 2013, our correspondent reported.
Former committee leaders – SM Ariful Islam and Jalal Ahmed led the VX group while Amit Kumar Basu and Sumon Mamun for CFC group.
Both the factions, engaged in long-standing enmity over establishing supremacy on the campus, are loyal to former mayor of Chittagong, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

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