MP’s office set on fire, BGB deployed in Barhmanbaria and Madrasah authority calls countrywide strike for Wednesday


Brahmanbaria, Jan 12: Madrasah students on Tuesday vandalized and set fire to the office of Brahmanbaria lawmaker R A M Ubaidul Muktadir Chowdhury and blocked rail tracks in the town, halting train communications of Brahmanbaria with rest of the country after a fellow student who was wounded during a clash a day ago died.

They set fire of Brahmanbaria lawmaker’s office at Haldarpara office on Tuesday noon.

They also vandalized the personal office of Awami League General Secretary Al Mamun Sarkar and offices of several cultural and social organizations.

Meanwhile, authorities of Jamia Yunusia Madrasah on Tuesday called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Wednesday protesting the death of Masudur.

Principal of the madrasah, Mobarakullah, made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Earlier, the capital Dhaka’s rail connection with Sylhet and Chittagong was stopped after vandalism at Brahmanbaria Railway Station over the death of a madrasa student.

According to witnesses, Madrasa students vandalized different rooms of the rail station around 12.00pm.

They also blockaded the rail line and removed several slippers from the tracks in the town’s TA Road area.

The rail authorities have been compelled to halt three trains – Subarna Express, a local train, and another because of this.

A madrasa student was killed and 50 other injured in a three-pronged clash following an altercation at Jamia Islamia Unusia Madrasa in the district town on Monday night.

The deceased was identified as Masudur Rahman.

The students also vandalised the control room and other establishments of Brahmanbaria railway station as tension was running high.

Rail communications with Sylhet and Chittagong were affected while the students continued to demonstrate, officials said.

According to eyewitnesses, students also clashed with police on Tuesday afternoon despite heightened security in the town, which has previous records of violence involving the students of local madrasahs.

On Tuesday, authorities deployed dozens of border guards in the town over fear of violence after the student died.BGB patroling in B'baria

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Taposh Ranjan Ghosh, said four platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed in the municipality area to contain any further violence following Monday’s clash.

Police said Masudur Rahman, son of Mawlana Ilias, a resident of Vadugar in Brahamanbaria municipality, succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital on Tuesday morning.

At least 20 people, including Masudur, were injured in a triangular clash between the madrasah students, local businessmen and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League over a trifling matter at Zila Parishad Market in TT Road area on Monday evening.

Witnesses said Monday’s clash ensued between local madrasah students and businessmen following an altercation over buying a mobile phone set and later BCL activists took part in the clash and chased the students.