Chhatra Odikar Parishad president appeals to file case against 14 BCL men

BCL attacks Chhatra Odhikar Parishad's rally marking death anniversary of Abrar FahadProthom Alo

An appeal to file a case against 14 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been made at the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka on Tuesday morning.

President of Chhatra Odikar Parishad, the student wing of Gono Odhikar Parishad, Bin Yamin Molla filed the appeal. BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League.

The appeal also made another 40-50 unnamed people accused in the case.

Metropolitan magistrate Shafi Uddin recorded the statement of the plaintiff but he did not give any order in this regard.

The court’s bench assistant Gautam Chandra Das confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo.

The appeal stated that Chhatra Odikar Parishad organised a programme under the banner of ‘Abrar Fahad Smriti Sangsad’ at the base of the Raju Memorial Sculpture on Dhaka University campus on 7 October, marking the third death anniversary of BUET student Abrar Fahad.

It also said BCL men launched an attack there with local weapons and set fire to the banners and festoons. The leaders and activists of Chhatra Odikar Parishad were chased out of the campus. Some 10-12 leaders and activists of the Parishad were injured in the attack. Later, they went to Dhaka Medical College Hospital to take treatment. The accused attacked them there as well.

The 14 BCL men are – Mahbub Khan, Aminur Rahman, Nazim Uddin, Foysal Mahmud, Rafiqul Islam, Shakil Mia, Tanvir Hasan, Rony Muhammad, Rahim Sarker, Kamal Uddin, Rubel Hossain, Nahid Hasan, Kazi Ibrahim and Arif Shahriar.

In connection with the same incident police have already arrested 24 leaders and activists of Chhatra Odikar Parishad in two cases filed by two BCL leaders. The Chhatra Odikar Parishad leaders and activists were produced before the court on 8 October and the court ordered to send them to jail. Later, on 11 October, the court denied their bail appeal.

Police have sought seven-day remand of each of the arrested Parishad leaders and activists on 13 October. The court has set 20 October for hearing on the plea.

The body of Abrar Fahad, a second-year student at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, was recovered from BUET’s Sher-e-Bangla hall on 6 October 2019.

The court sentenced 20 people to death while five to life time imprisonment in the case filed over the killing of Abrar Fahad in December last year.

All of the convicted are expelled leaders and activists of BUET unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League.