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CU issues show-cause notices to 23 Chhatra League leaders 

CU Correspondent

Published: 21:10, 29 May 2024

CU issues show-cause notices to 23 Chhatra League leaders 

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The Chittagong University (CU) administration has issued show-cause notices to 23 Chhatra League leaders of the CU unit for their alleged involvement in wielding local weapons and engaging in clashes to capture polling centers during the Upazila elections in Hathazari.

The accused have been given three days to respond. Following their responses, disciplinary actions will be taken as per the decision of the university's disciplinary committee, the CU authorities stated.

After reviewing CCTV footage and other evidence, the 23 students were identified and served notices on Wednesday (29 May). Notices were also sent to the families of the accused students.

Mohammad Rifat Rahman, Assistant Proctor and Assistant Secretary of the Investigation Committee at the university, confirmed the issuance of the show-cause notices.

"We have issued show-cause notices to 23 students after verifying all evidence and footage. Notices have been sent simultaneously to their halls, departments, and families. They have three working days starting tomorrow to explain their actions. Necessary steps will be taken based on the disciplinary committee's decision," he said.

He added, "Two incidents occurred. The first one took place in front of the Laboratory School, and the second in front of Abdur Rab Hall. During this time, some students defied our prohibitions and displayed local weapons. Legal actions will also be taken against them."

For the sake of the investigation, the names of the 23 students served with show-cause notices have been kept confidential.

Previously, a clash broke out between two sub-groups of the CU BCL unit – 'Choose Friends with Care (CFC)' and the 'Bijoy' group – over the occupation of polling centers during the upazila parishad elections at around 2pm on May 21. During the incident, Bijoy activists attempted to occupy the center for the motorcycle symbol candidate, while CFC activists supported the horse symbol candidate.

At that time, Salah Uddin, a follower of Bijoy Group, was hacked with sharp weapons by CFC followers.

To investigate the incident, a three-member committee was formed with Assistant Proctor Enamul Haque as the convener, Assistant Proctor Mohammad Rifat Rahman as the member secretary, and Assistant Proctor Tanvir Hasan as a member.