At least 15 injured as Daffodil University students clash with locals in Savar
At least fifteen people, including police and students, were injured in clashes that erupted between Daffodil International University students and locals in Savar's Ashulia Union on Monday night.
Anwar Habib, public relations officer of Daffodil International University, told the Business Standard that seven students sustained injuries during the clash.
"The situation is now under control. Meanwhile, additional police personnel have been deployed in the area to avoid further untoward incidents," Ashulia police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) SM Kamruzzaman told TBS noting that some three to four members of the police were slightly injured in the clash.
The clashes took place at 10pm on Monday in Ashulia's Gauripur and Kumkumari area. Later, police arrived at the spot and brought the situation under control.
The clash started when a Daffodil International University student locked into an altercation with the locals following a collision between his motorcycle and a Leguna in Gauripur's Bottola area, said Daffodil International University Director (Student Affairs) Syed Mizanur Rahman.
"Later, at around 10pm, the student went to the Daffodil campus in the Dattapara area and informed the other students about the matter. Hundreds of students from different universities came together and clashed with locals in the Gauripur and Kumkumari areas," he added..
Some of the students were badly injured in the clash and are still undergoing treatment at Enam Medical College Hospital, he noted.
Yusuf Ali, duty manager of Savar Enam Medical College Hospital, told TBS, "One Daffodil University student named Tahmidul Alam is currently admitted to the hospital. Apart from him, I am not informed about anyone from the university who received first aid treatment here."
The situation in the area has been at a standstill since the incident.
According to students, locals in the area want to establish dominance over the students. Students are reportedly fearing for their safety outside of the university campus.
Following the incident, university authorities suspended all academic activities at Daffodil International University on Tuesday (14 March).
The identity of the student whose motorcycle was involved in the collision is still unknown.
Ashulia police said the matter is being investigated.