Highway blocked over ruling party student organisation Chhatra League factional rivalry

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Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Senbag upazila unit blocked Noakhali- Chittagong Highway at Senbag Rastar Matha yesterday demanding cancellation of the new committee.

The leaders and activists of the old committee of the upazila BCL unit observed the blockade programme from 11:30pm to 12:30 pm, rejecting the newly formed upazila committee.

Scores of passengers were left stranded when vehicular movement on the highway halted for over an hour due to a road blockade, over a dispute between two committees of Senbagh upazilla unit.

Witnesses said that the supporters of the former BCL committee president Saiful Islam and general secretary Shah Emran took to the highway around 11:00pm. They obstructed vehicular movement by placing tree logs and oil drums and burning tyres on the highway.

A police team, led by the officer-in-charge of Senbagh police station Mostofa Kamal, tried to brought the situation under control, but the protesters refused to leave the highway. However, the protesters withdrew the blockade after Begumganj police circle assistant superintendent Imam Hassan Sikder visited the spot, and talked with them.

BCL leader Firoze Alam said, the upazila BCL unit formed a new two-member committee with him as the president and Mazedul Tanvir as the general secretary on July 21. The old BCL committee was against this decision. President of the former committee Saiful Islam said the new committee was illegal.

The protests will continue until the new committee is abolished, he added.

Source: Dhaka Tribune