A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist was stabbed to death on Wednesday in the sequel of infighting of the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation at Madan Mohan College in Sylhet.
The victim, Abdul Ali, 19, a Class-XII student of the college, was a Chhatra League activist, the family and the police said.
Kotwali police detained Chhatra League activist Rahul Kanti Das on suspicion of his involvement in the killing.
Chhatra League activists and witnesses said that Ali locked in an altercation with his fellows including Purnajit Das on the campus on Tuesday.
Following Tuesday’s rivalry, some six Chhatra League men attacked Ali at the first floor of the academic building around noon and stabbed him indiscriminately.
Ali was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries at about 2:45pm.
Deputy director of the hospital Abdus Salam said that Ali died of profuse bleeding as his heart was badly injured.
Abdul Ali was the eldest among two sons and a daughter of Aklis Miah of Dakkhin Surma uapzila in Sylhet, the family said.
Aklis demanded speedy trial and capital punishment for the killers.
Chhatra League activists said that both victim and attackers were supporters of Madan Mohan College unit former president Bidhan Kumar Saha.
Bidhan, also a city Awami League Leader, could not be reached over phone despite repeated efforts.
Sylhet city Chhatra League president Abdul Basit Rumman said that Ali was an activist of the organisation and Chhatra League had no control over the Madan Mohan College unit as it was running without a committee for more than five years.
He, however, claimed that the attackers were not involved in the organisation.
‘We are gathering information about the attackers and organisational action must be taken if anybody of them is found involved in the incident,’ he added.
Kotwali police officer-in-charge Sohel Ahmad said, ‘We detained BCL activist Rahul Kanti Das for interrogation.’
Madan Mohan College principal Abul Fateh Fattah said that he convened a meeting of the academic council on Wednesday night to review the overall situation.
The principal said punitive action against the killers would also be discussed at the meeting.
Over 200 people were killed and 26,470 were injured in Awami League infightings since the party assumed power in 2009.
Statistics available with rights groups showed that at least 219 leaders and activists of district to union units, educational institutes and different associate organisations and many apolitical people were killed in 2,544 infightings between January 2009 and June 2015.
Awami League organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told New Age on Friday that they were ‘obviously embarrassed’ over the infighting. ‘We are showing zero tolerance for any organisational misdeed.’
The police and other law enforcing agencies said that in most of the cases they found no other reasons than only of establishing supremacy for financial benefits.
Source: New Age