Reported on: August 02, 2012 11:59 AM
Reported in: National
Jahangirnagar University, Aug 02 (UNB) - The students of Jahangirnagar University early Thursday blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway in protest against police action during Wednesday night’s violence on the campus that left six people injured.
Witnesses said the students also brought out a protest procession on the campus protesting the police action as police picked up two students and tried to take them to police station at about 10.30 pm on Wednesday.
According to the witnesses, a clash between the students and police broke out as fellows of the arrestees prevented the law-enforcers from taking them to police station, prompting them to fire rubber bullets on the students that left at least six students injured.
The injured were identified as Nahid of Finance and Banking, Maruf of IT, Rakib of Pharmacy, Robin of Mathematics, Bashir of Statistics and Tito of History. Of them Robin, Rakib and Maruf were admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital. Others took first aid in the university medical center.
Earlier, Fahmidul Islam Likhon, a Master’s degree student and an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)
JU unit, suffered stab wounds as he came under attack by a gang of unknown miscreants at the JU Central Playground at Dairy Farm Gate at about 10 pm.
Critically injured, Likhon was rushed to Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar where he was operated upon at midnight.
As the news spread around, several hundred students of Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall, Bangabandhu Hall, Al Beruni Hall, Kamaluddin Hall and Bhasani Hall, came out of their dormitories and brought out a procession on the campus, demanding immediate arrest of Likhon`s attackers.
Later, police arrested two BCL activists, including Nahid, from Mir Mosharraf Hall suspecting their involvement in the attack on Likhon, a resident of Bangabandhu Hall.
As police attempted to leave the campus along with the arrestees, a group of BCL activists attacked the cops in a futile attempt to snatch them, prompting the law-enforcers to retaliate. Then a gunfight broke out on the campus that lasted for over 20 minutes.
Angered by the arrests, several hundred students, mostly BCL supporters, came out of the campus in a procession and vandalised many passing vehicles, including buses and trucks and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway.
The students took possession at the main and third gates of the university while police at the Prantik Gate.