Sudden attack on BU students at midnight; 11 injured
Published: 12:16 PM, 17 February 2021 Updated: 03:36 PM, 17 February 2021
A sudden attack carried out on students of the University of Barisal (BU) at midnight, 11 students were injured at the time
At least 11 students of the University of Barisal (BU) were injured in a “sudden attack” carried out by transport workers at midnight around 1:30 am at the Rupatoly area of the Barihal city on Tuesday.
The injured students are – Nurullah Siddiqui, SM Sohanur Rahman, Ahsanuzzaman, Fazlul Haque Razib, Alim Salehi, Ali Hasan, Md. Rajon Hossain, Mahbubur Rahman, Mahadi Hasan Imam, Miraz Hawladar and Sajib Sheikh.
The injured are being treated at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) Hospital.
According to the injured students, BRTC counter’s staff Rafiq and his men assaulted two BU students at Rupatoly Bus Terminal in Barishal city on Tuesday afternoon. After the incident, other students of the university vandalized the counter and blocked the Barishal-Patuakhali Highway. When Rafiq was later arrested, the students lifted the road blockade two hours later.
The students claimed the transport workers attacked the dormitory of Mahmudul Hasan Tomal, a BU student who led the blockade, at the Rupatoly Housing area at around 1:30 am on Tuesday. The attackers beat two students and threw them into a pond.
During the incident, Tomal called for help through a video message on Facebook. In a video message, he said “a group of people led by Shipon Mia was attacking his younger brothers with sticks.”
When this incident spread on social media, the students of different dormitories came forward to rescue Tomal.
The attackers then attacked the students with sharp weapons and sticks.
Meanwhile, the students blockade the road in front of the university and protested by setting fire at night after the incident. Later in the morning, they also blockade the Barishal-Patuakhali Highway in front of the main gate of the university and demanded legal action through a proper investigation into the incident.
University Proctor Dr. Subrata Kumar Das said he and other teachers and officials of the university rushed to the spot after receiving the news at night. All the injured students were later treated.