One dies in factional clash of Awami League’s student wing at the Sylhet University
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet has been closed sine die following the death of a student in a clash between factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, Awami League’s student affiliate, on Thursday.
The university authorities have asked male students to vacate their dormitories by 4pm Thursday and female students by 9am Friday.
SUST Teachers’ Association General Secretary Farid Uddin told bdnews24.com that Vice-Chancellor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan decided on the closure after a meeting with the Teachers’ Association, Proctorial Body, and the Provosts.
Two groups of SUST’s BCL unit fought a two-hour turf war on the campus that sparked around 11am.
According to the students, followers of SUST BCL unit President Imran Khan, who had been absent from the campus for long time, took out a procession and entered the university around 11am, vandalising the library, academic building, and the Shah Paran Hall.
The clash broke out when followers of SUST BCL’s Vice President Anjan Roy reached the spot.
Both factions fired at each other and exploded handmade bombs, leaving at least 20 injured, some with gunshot wounds.
The dead has been identified as ‘Suman’, a student of the Sylhet International University, a private institution.
He succumbed to gunshot wounds at Sylhet’s Osmani Medical College and Hospital.
“Suman was brought with bullet injuries. He died while being taken to the operation theatre,” the hospital’s emergency wing doctor Omar Faruk told bdnews24.com.
SUST Proctor Himadri Shekhar Roy, who was hit by rubber bullets fired by police, was treated at the university’s medical centre.
“Additional police forces have been deployed on the campus after the clash. We are trying to control the situation,” Jalalabad Police Station OC Aktar Hossain told bdnews24.com.
SUST Vice Chancellor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan told bdnews24.com: “We are trying to calm both groups.”