Several hundred students of Dhaka University on Monday staged demonstrations on the campus protesting the attack on Ducsu Vice President Nurul Haque Nur and others, and gave the authorities 24 hours to arrest the attackers.
Under the banner of ‘Students Unity Against Repression (Santrash Birodhi Chhatra Oikya) gathered in front of anti-terrorism Raju sculpture on the campus around 12:20 pm and staged protests.
Later, they brought out a procession and took position in front of the proctor office and held a rally.
The protesters gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the authorities concerned to arrest the attackers.
Students brought out a procession led by Ducsu Social Service Secretary Akhter Hossain under the banner of 'Santrash Birodhi Chhatra Oikya', marching different roads on the campus.
Addressing the rally, Ducsu social welfare secretary Akhter Hossain said,” It’s very clear that Muktijuddho Mancha launched the attack at the directive of Chhatra League leaders. After that, BCL DU unit president Sonjit Chandra Das and secretary Saddam Hussein joined them along with their activists."
"We contacted the proctor over phone several times, but he didn’t respond. The university administration, especially proctor Golam Rabbani, can’t avoid their responsibility. That's why we want his immediate removal," Akhter said.
Demanding punishment of the attackers, he said,” We gave the authorities a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits, or else, we’ll go for a tougher movement.”
Addressing the rally around 1:30pm, Ganasanghati Andolon Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki said: "Attacking students using the name of Muktijuddho (liberation war) spirit is a big insult to the Liberation War."
“Muktijuddho Mancha was formed under the patronage of current administration,” he added.
Saki also expressed solidarity with the demonstrators and demanded punishment of the attackers.
Progressive Students' Alliance, left leaning student body alliance, has also expressed solidarity with the protest.
The agitating students also demanded the removal of DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, alleging that he was inaction when Muktijuddho Moncho activists attacked VP Nur and his supporters.
On Sunday, Nur and around 27 of his supporters were injured in the attack carried out by activists of a faction of Muktijuddho Moncho, mostly comprised of Chhatra League men after Ducsu Assistant General Secretary and BCL leader Saddam Hussain threatened Nur with dire consequences if he didn’t leave his office.
Of them, 14 were released after primary treatment, and six others, including Nur, were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital
This is the second time Nur came under attack by Moncho activists.
Later, DU Vice Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman and Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani visited Nur and five others, who are receiving treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
2 Muktijuffho mancha leaders held
Detectives on Monday detained two leaders of Muktijuddho Moncho including its central general secretary Al Mamun following yesterday's attack on Ducsu Vice President Nurul Haque Nur and others.
Yeasir Arafat Turjo, general secretary of DU unit of Muktijuddho Moncho was among the two detainees, Abdul Baten, additional commissioner of Detective Branch of police of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said the reporter. A DB team detained the duo after conducting a drive, the police official added.