Two vice presidents of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s central committee attacked each other on Tuesday afternoon in front of Modhur Canteen at Dhaka University, students and BCL leaders have said.
The two leaders, Shahriar Kabir alias Bidyut and Touhidul Islam Chowdhury alias Zahir, had entered a car along with BCL president Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury. In the car, they got into an argument with each other and the BCL president made them get down from the vehicle in front of Modhur Canteen.
Their altercation turned into a fist fight, one of them receiving head injuries and the other injured above the eye. Students present at the spot said that these two leaders of the government-backed BCL were also friends who had studied in the same batch at Dhaka University.
BCL president Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury had gone to Modhur Canteen in the afternoon and was leaving in his car around 1pm. He was accompanied by Shahriar, Touhidul and senior vice president of the BCL central committee Al Nahiyan Khan.
Just a few yards after the car started, the BCL president made Shahriar and Touhidul get down from the car. They then started a physical fight, even throwing bricks at each other.
Shahriar Kabir went to the Dhaka University medical centre to have his wounds treated while the BCL president took Touhidul away in his car. Shahriar needed 6 stitches above his eye. However, over mobile phone, Touhidul denied involvement in any fight.
After treatment at the Dhaka University medical centre, Shahriar Kabir told newsmen, “Zahir (Touhidul) attacked me because of a ‘syndicate and anti-syndicate’ issue.”
He said, “Zahir is a syndicate man with a Jamaat-Shibir background. He is targeting those like me who have long been involved in Chhatra League politics.”
Speaking to Prothom Alo about the matter, BCL president Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury said, “This is not a serious incident.” He said that Shahriar was using the incident to serve his own personal interests.
The Dhaka University correspondent of Inqilab, Nur Hossain, said he had been recording the incident with his mobile phone camera, when Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury and Al Nahiyan Khan forced him into their vehicle. They deleted the video from his mobile phone and then dropped him off at Hatirpool. Both Rezwanul Huq Chowdhury and Al Nahiyan Khan denied the incident.