News No. 24/2013, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
AT LEAST four activists have been injured, one of them seriously, when members of the Santu group attacked a rally organized by Hill Students’ Council (PCP) on the Chittagong University campus in support of its five-point demand including primary education in Jumma peoples’ own languages.
According to various sources, the PCP Chittagong University branch committee held a rally at Buddijibi Chawttar on the campus today with prior permission from the relevant authority.
The rally began at 10:30 as scheduled, but at around 12 noon as Zahid Rokon of Progotir Poribrajok Dol was half way through his speech Santu Larma’s hired goons suddenly appeared and made an attempt to come towards the PCP rally in a procession.
However when the police prevented them they went back. But within minutes they staged a comeback shouting “dhara dhara (catch, catch) and attacked PCP activists with sticks and slingshots.
The police swung into action and drove them away. They also tried to provide protection to the PCP activists, but activists of Chattra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, threatened them not to do that, terming the PCP activists as “UPDF members”.
At their insistence the police arrested two PCP activists, Miton Chakma and Dipen Chakma.
The attack left four PCP activists injured. They have been identified as Rabi Chakma, Jupitar Chakma, Sukanta Chakma and Raskit Chakma.
Of them, Rabi Chakma, a student of Dewan Hat City Corporation College in Chittagong, has been admitted to a city hospital with serious injuries.
Most of the Santu group men who took part in the attack are outsiders. Some of them have been identified as Protim Chakma, Anil Marma, Babu and Santosh.
Simon Chakma, the convener of the PCP Chittagong University unit, and Sukriti Chakma, the president of the PCP Chittagong Metropolitan City unit, condemned the attack and demanded that the attackers are brought to justice.