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Chhatra League's internal feud disrupts DU Boishakh celebration

  • Published at 01:08 pm April 13th, 2019
Aftermath of the vandalism that took place at the Mol Chattar area of Dhaka University on Saturday, April 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists have allegedly set ablaze, and vandalized several stalls made to celebrate Pohela Boishakh at Dhaka University.

According to witnesses, the activists set fire to several stalls, concert stage, and vandalized promotional placards and banners sponsored by Mojo and Frutika.

The incident took place at the Mol Chattar, allegedly over an internal conflict of BCL in the early hours on Saturday, according to eyewitnesses.

When contacted, Dhaka University Proctor, AKM Golam Rabbani said that the authorities have cancelled the concert due to unavoidable circumstances.

“Boishakh celebration at the university is always arranged by the students. We cooperate with them to ensure the program is organised properly,” he said.

Campus sources said that a section of Chhatra League leaders of different hall units came to Mol Chattar and locked into an altercation with the staffs of Akij Food and Beverage Limited (AFBL-Mojo). Suddenly, their followers started vandalizing the stalls and set on fire Mojo’s promotional items, they added.

All of the alleged leaders and activists are said to be followers of Bangladesh Chhatra League President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, witnesses said.

Latter around 8am, four unidentified men wearing helmet set the sound system on fire after pouring patrol on those causing a loss of Tk43 lakhs, claimed Azam Bin Tarek, head of operation and brand marketing of Akij Food and Beverage Limited, which sponsored the programme. 

“At least 13 refrigerators have also been vandalized. Overall, we have incurred a loss of around TK1 crore,” Azam calimed. 

Azam said they had postponed it in absence of adequate security. 

When contacted, Chhatra League President Shovon said: “I don't know who set fire on those items and I’ve not instructed anyone to do so.” 

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