At least 40 students of Bhuiara High School at Kachua upazila in Chandpur were injured in an attack of local Juba League activists on Sunday for protesting at extortion and beating up a teacher by Juba League men.
Most of the twenty-two of the injured students were girls– 14 girls and 8 boys — and were admitted to Kachua Upazila Health Complex.
Later, two were moved to Comilla Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated, said Bijay Dutta, a doctor at the Kachua hospital.
He said many of the students were admitted to the health complex with fractured and broken limbs. Some were beaten mercilessly with sticks.
Dulal Chandra Sarker, headmaster of Bhuiyara High School, said the attack was carried out after the school authorities on Friday night refused to pay local Jubo League men Tk 15, 000 in toll for arranging National Mourning Day programmes in the area.
The Juba League men tried to assault the headmaster as he refused the demand but assistant teacher Fazlur Rahman restrained them. A group of Juba League men stormed into the house of Fazlur Rahman on Saturday night and beat him up.
Students brought out a procession from the school at about 11:00am protesting the attack on the teacher.
A group of armed Juba League men led by Faruk, Monir and Liton attacked the students when they tried to form a human-chain in front of the school leaving at least 40 students and one guardian injured.
The organisation, however, denied its involvement in the incidents.
Nazmul Alam Swapan, president of Kachua Jubo League, said those who were behind such incidents were “criminals, not part of Jubo League”.
”We have requested police to take legal steps against the culprits,” he claimed.
Helal Uddin, former convener of the unit, claimed Faruque and Monir were actually activists of Awami League but AL denied it.
Visiting the school, Ibrahim Khalil, officer-in-charge of Kachua Police Station, said action would be taken after investigation.
Talking about the two students who were referred to the Comilla hospital, Bijay Dutta of Kachua Upazila Health Complex said, Sujon, a class-10 student, was stabbed in the leg and had 26 stitches. Sonia Aktar, of the same class, had a severe head injury.
The other admitted to the Kachua hospital include class-10 students Munni Aktar, Beauty Aktar, Shabnur, Arif Hossain, Pakhi Aktar; class-IX student Riyad Hossain, class-VIII students Popy Aktar, Ripa Aktar, Kadija Aktar Bristy, class-VII students Shakila Aktar, Sayma Aktar and class-VI students Tanjila Aktar and Meem.
Abdul Hanif, assistant superintendent of police (Hajiganj circle), said a case was filed against 28, including Faruque, Monir and Liton, in connection with the attack.
Later, police detained Mozzamel Haque, brother of Lition, for his alleged involvement in the incident, he added.
The other accused went into hiding.