CHATTOGRAM: Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League (AL), are engaging in bloody clashes here reportedly for establishing their control over different areas, mainly educational institutions.
The clashes between groups and sub-groups loyal to different influential AL leaders often claim lives of innocent leaders and activists.
Although it apparently looks like conflict over political ideology and supremacy, the feuding groups also give the clashes of personal interests a political shape to reap benefits.
The matter came to light following a recent clash between two factions of BCL at Chattogram Medical College (CMC). Sporadic clashes between the two groups prompted the authorities to declare the college closed sine die on Saturday last.
A student who sustained severe injuries in the clash is now fighting for his life at the intensive care unit of the CMC Hospital.
Local AL leaders said two groups are leading the politics of the ruling party, Jubo League, BCL and other associate organisations in Chattogram city.
One of the groups was being led by late Chattogram City Corporation Mayor and City AL President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and the city AL General Secretary and former Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin is at the helm of the other group.
Division between the groups is visible and they carry out political activities separately in the city.
Of those who were injured in the CMC clash, Mahadi J Akib is now undergoing treatment at the ICU of CMCH.
He is loyal to Nawfel group while the rest two -- Mahfuzul Hoque and Naimul Islam -- are followers of Nasir group.
Sources said Nasir group had been enjoying supremacy at the CMC for long. Nasir was also president of the hospital management committee earlier.
Nawfel became president of the committee last year. Another group of BCL became active after his name since then.
The both groups were locked in a number of clashes to establish supremacy on the college campus while strike was also enforced by interns on different issues.
However, insiders said the feuding groups basically lock in clashes centring on extortion from the medicine and floating shops around CMCH and control over brokers of different wards and ambulance business.
Not only the CMC unit of BCL, Chattogram city, Chattogram University, Chattogram College, Mohsin College, City College, Commerce College and other ward and thana units in Chattogram are facing the same scenario.
They engage in bloody clashes over establishing supremacy even centring on silly matters.
Toufiqur Rahman, a leader of CMC unit BCL and plaintiff of the case filed in connection with the clash, said they do politics following the constitution of the organisation and follow the ideology of Nawfel. “Our opponents used to attack us as we don’t allow their illegal activities on the college campus,” he said.
City AL General Secretary Nasir told the media that any conflict within the party is unexpected and some of the leaders and activists are doing that at their will.
The offenders should be brought to justice, he said, claiming that there is no conflict or grouping in city AL. “We’re working together to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
Nawfel earlier said the two BCL groups at CMC have been engaging in clashes very often. “None should be spared for the wrongdoings and I asked the police and college authorities to take stern action against those involved in the incidents,” he said.
Contacted, Chattogram city AL Vice-president Khorshed Alam Sujan told the Daily Sun that BCL was not founded for the activities its activists are currently carrying out. “Some of them deviated from the ideology and are getting engaged in unlawful activities,” he said.
“Organisational action should be taken and criminal cases should be filed against those responsible, and the leaders, who are using them for personal gains, to bring an end to the bad practice,” he said.