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Relatives of Zakaria break down after hearing about his death.

Killing of two HSTU students; probe on

WT24 Desk

Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) authority yesterday formed a five-member probe committee to investigate Thursday’s clash that left two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League dead on the HSTU campus. The probe committee, led by Prof Anis Khan, dean of the Agriculture Faculty of the university, was asked to submit its report within two working days.

Besides, the university authorities have decided to continue regular academic activities, including classes and examinations. ATM Shafiqul Islam, proctor of the HSTU, said the university authorities had decided to file a case. Vice Chancellor Prof Ruhul Amin said steps would be taken against the killers after investigation.

On Thursday night, two BCL activists were killed in a clash between two rival groups of the university unit of the ruling Awami League’s student wing. The dead are Mohammad Zakaria, a second year BBA student and Mahmudul Hasan Milton, a final year student of Agriculture department.

 Police recovered Zakaria’s body from the roof of Nur Hossain Hall after the clash while Milton died at the Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital.The bodies were handed over to their families around 4:30pm after autopsies, police said.Another student Mohammad Dollar is fighting for his life at Rangpur Medical College Hospital after he suffered stab wounds during Thursday’s clash.

The faction of the BCL, who swooped on a cultural programme at the university auditorium, was led by Iftekharul Islam Real and Arun Kanti Roy, president and general secretary of the university unit BCL. A pall of gloom descended on Zakaria’s home as soon as the family heard the news of his death. Mostaque Ahmed, father of Zakaria, said all his dreams were shattered with his son’s death.

“Zakaria said he would take over the responsibility of the family once his education was complete. But everything is gone now,” he lamented. He blamed dirty politics for his son’s death. Zakaria’s mother Jannatul Ferdous alleged that Iftekharul Islam Real was responsible for her son’s death.

Nothing could soothe Zakaria’s sister Meem who had been crying since she heard the news. Sadekur Rahman, assistant proctor of the HSTU, said the clash was the result of expelled students trying to make a comeback. Arun Kanti Roy, Zahid Hasan and Aditya Dutta were expelled from the university in November last year for helping potential freshmen cheat in the admission test.

No one was arrested in connection with Thursday’s incident, said ATM Khalequzzaman, officer-in-charge of Dinajpur Police Station.

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