Two JCD groups clash in front of BNP office

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Aggrieved leaders of Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal vandalise BNP central office at Naya Paltan on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainTwo factions of BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Tuesday clashed in front of BNP's Naya Paltan central office following a conflict over the formation of its new committee, reports UNB.

A group of JCD leaders and activists who are in favour of forming the new committee of the student body with specific age limit took position in front of the BNP office since morning.

Another group who has been on a movement since 10 June demanding the withdrawal of the age limit also gathered in front of BNP office around 12:00pm and chased their opponents.

They swooped on the ground floor of the BNP office as other group took position inside it.

The demonstrating JCD leaders turned the electricity main switch off, disrupting power supply to the office, and pushed its security staff out of the gate, vandalising their desks.

They continued their agitation in front of the BNP office for an hour and chanted various slogans in favour of their demand.

Talking to reporters before ending their programme, ex-vice president of the dissolved JCD committee Iktiar Kabir said they are going to keep their agitation programme postponed on Wednesday on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "BNP leaders are contacting us. We want the age limit withdrawn and a new council announced to resolve the problem."

He said they hope that BNP senior leaders will take proper steps to resolve the problem by Wednesday. "Or else, we'll resume our agitation programme on Thursday."

Two crude bombs exploded near the BNP office when the protesters were leaving the spot, but no one was injured in the blasts.

The same group also staged a two-hour demonstration in front of the BNP central office on Monday demanding the withdrawal of age limit and expulsion order against their 12 leaders.

Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD will be held on 15 July.

JCD's last committee was formed on 14 October, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary.

BNP dissolved JCD committee on 3 June last and imposed a condition for the prospective candidates to have passed SSC and equivalent examinations either 2000 or later on for the candidacy in the council election, prompting a group of leaders to stage demonstrations seeking the withdrawal of age limit.

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