RUET closed for a week after BCL infighting over stolen laptop

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Rajshahi, November 11: The authority of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) on Friday declared to close RUET until November 18 in sequel to a clash between two rival groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student-wing of ruling Awami League, over a missing laptop.

Students have been asked to vacate residential halls by 3:00pm on Friday, RUET security official Md Jalal Uddin said.

He said the decision for shutting down the university until November 18 was taken at a meeting of the university administration on Friday morning.

Classes will resume from November 19.

He said two undesirable incidents (clashes of BCL) were happened during the last three days. So, decision has been taken to keep the situation calm on the campus.

The authorities have suspended all academic activities after two groups of BCL activists clashed over a missing laptop.

It is learnt that four laptops went missing at Shahid Hamid Hall and Ziaur Rahman Hall on Tuesday. BCL leader Shakil (Department of Glass and Ceramics) was suspected to be involved in the incident. In sequel to it, clash broke out at Shahid Hamid Hall on Thursday night.

A student named Rakesh whose laptop went missing complained to police and university teachers. Being angry over it, 10 to 12 BCL leaders and workers led by Topu went to beat Rakesh at his room on Thursday night.

Sensing the danger, Rakesh fled to nearby Shahidullah Hall. Later, Rakesh was caught and beaten up mercilessly in front of the hall by the Topu group faction of BCL.

At that time, a motorcycle of BCL activist Abir was also vandalised at Shahidullah Hall premises. Being agitated, the students belonging to the Sakhawat group launched an attack on Topu group. Then a clash broke out between two rival groups, leaving five students injured.

One of the critically injured students was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, while others were given primary treatment. However, their names and addresses could not be known.