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'Deprived' BCL leaders start protests again

FE Online Desk | Published: May 27, 2019 13:29:16 | Updated: May 27, 2019 20:23:14


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'Deprived' leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have again started their protests, now alleging that those controversial in the new central committee are being validated.

They started their fresh sit-in at the base of Raju Sculpture, Dhaka University, in the wee hours of Monday.

Protesters said the central BCL issued a notice on Sunday announcing that its new committee will pay tributes at the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhanmandi on Monday.

With this, the new controversial committee will get validity, which is contrary to the decision of the central Awami League and its president Sheikh Hasina, they added, local media reports say.

One of the protesters, Rakib Hassan, former planning affairs secretary of the student wing, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had ordered to remove the controversial people from the new committee.

Instead of obeying her order, "they are violating it," he said.

On May 13, the BCL announced its full central committee, sparking protests among quite a number of leaders and activists immediately on the Dhaka University campus.

During the protests, at least 20 BCL activists were injured in an attack by followers of many securing posts in the new committee.

They, however, were adamant and continued protests taking position at the base of Raju Sculpture, demanding removal of controversial people like drug dealers and abusers from the new committee.

Finally on May 20, after getting assurances that steps will be taken according to their demands, the 'deprived' leaders called off their protests.

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