Monday, June 06, 2005

Bangladesh Students Under Attacked

BREAKING NEWS: The ASA Secretariat received an emergency update email about the pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and students Unity of Bangladesh(SUB) were under attacked by the police and the pro-government student organizations from Mamunur Rashid, General Secretary of the SUB. Both BCL and SUB are the ASA members in Bangladesh. The ASA seriously concerns about the development in the Bangladesh.

According to Rashid, BCL and SUB are denied by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the pro-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) student front, and the police to access to the Dhaka University (DU) campus. Such surveilance been carried on for 5 days already.

There were some background story that might help us to understand the incident in Dhaka University. According to the report from Reuters on 31st May,

The clash at the 50,000-student Dhaka University erupted after a female
student, Shammai Akhtar Happy, was killed in a road accident three days

The student wing of the main political opposition party, the Awami
League, accused university authorities of being reluctant to pressure police to
arrest the operators of a bus that crushed the 23-year-old student as she
crossed a street.
Students from a group backed by the country's ruling
Bangladesh Nationalist Party said their rivals were damaging the university's
peaceful academic atmosphere.

At least 30 students were taken to hospital with burns and cuts,
police and witnesses said. Others were treated on campus.

We are going to keep our eye on the development in Bangladesh. We hope the justice should be prevailed for the victims.