Monday, January 9, 2012

JU student stabbed by 'BCL men' dies

A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU), who was stabbed allegedly by activists of ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League Sunday, succumbed to his injuries at a city hospital Monday morning.

Zubair Ahmed was an honours final year student of English, Masudur Rahman, a sub-inspector of Savar Police Station, told The Daily Star.

The university authorities, following an emergency meeting Monday morning, expelled three students for one year for their link with the murder. 

Savar police arrested Khondoker Ashiqul Islam, a fourth year Zoology student of the university who was among the three expelled students, Monday morning for his alleged involvement in the killing. 

According to campus sources, Zubair was a BCL activist loyal to Safin Ahmed, former president of BCL university unit which was dissolved in July last year following a fierce clash on the university campus on July 5.
Zubair had no link with the BCL since then, the sources added.

To protest the death, many students of the university demonstrated on the campus. Beginning at 11:00am, the demonstration was going on at 1:30pm when this report was filed.

The aggrieved students chanted slogans against the vice-chancellor of the university. 

The expelled students are: Ashiqul, and Rashedul Islam and Rois Uddin, honours final year students of Philosophy.

Quoting Zubair’s friends, our correspondent reported that some BCL activists belonging to Shamim-Sharif group called Zubair after he had finished the last examination of his honours course around 5:00pm Sunday.

They forced him to accompany them to Mir Mosharraf Hall. Taking him behind the dormitory, they stabbed Zubair mercilessly. 

The assailants later took critically injured Zubair to Savar Enam Medical College Hospital.

As his condition deteriorated, Zubair was shifted to the United Hospital in the capital around 8:30pm. He died there around 6:00am Monday. 

Sources said Zubair died due to excessive bleeding.

Talking to The Daily Star, former varsity unit BCL chief Safin Ahmed blamed the Shamim-Sharif group for carrying out the killing.

Talking to The Daily Star, Badrul Alam, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station, said he had heard that the university authorities were preparing to file a complaint.

“The victim’s family is yet to file any complaint,” he added.