Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Monday expelled its 24 leaders and activists in connection with the attack on students at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall of Dhaka University on April 10 (Tuesday).
The decision was made at an emergency meeting of BCL central committee executive members, said in a statement signed by central president Saifur Rahman Sohag and general secretary SM Zakir Hossain on Monday evening.
The expelled BCL leaders include Literary Affairs Secretary (central committee) Khaleda Hosen Moon, Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit vice presidents Mursheda Khanom (victim one), Atika Haque Swarna and Mira, Organising Secretary Jannati Akhter Shumi, Assistant Secretary Shraboni.
Other expelled BCL activists are Sharmin Akhter, Asha, Liza, Mithila Nusrat Chaity, Sonom Sithy, Sudipta Mondol, Priyanka Dey, Sharmin Sultana, Mitu, Shila, Jakia, Monira, Runa, Jui, Anamika Das, Prova, Tanjila and Taj. All were activists of the hall unit BCL.
BCL expelled its 24 leaders mentioning the hall incident as the cause of expulsion, without any specific allegation.
But it has been supposing that they were expelled for taking part in quota reform demonstration.
On that night Morsheda Akhtar, a fourth-year student of botany department, and Mili, a second-year student of linguistics department were came under attack by BCL leaders. Hall witness said, Iffat beat them for joining the quota-reform movement and there was blood in front of Iffat’s room.
Hearing about the incident, students of the hall involved in the agitation broke into Iffat’s room and beat her up. Hours after the incident, BCL issued a press release stating that it expelled Iffat from the student body.
Making a U-turn, the BCL on April 13 reinstated Iffat as the president of the hall unit just 48 hours after expelling her.
The pro-Awami League student body said it found Iffat, ‘innocent’ in its investigation.
Not only BCL, the vice chancellor of the DU, which expelled Iffat from the university and the hall, also changed his tone.