Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party is giving a tough fight to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress as both are leading in two seats each, while the Congress is ahead in only one of the 42 constituencies as per early trends. For BJP, John Barla in Alipurduar and Raju Bist in Darjeeling were leading. In Jalpaigurii, Trinamool’s Binay Chandra Burman is leading, while in Ghatal, Bengali film star Dev was in the lead. Former state Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has established a slender lead from his constituency in Bahawalpur.
A female student tries to defend herself when BCL activists attack demonstrators in front of the VC`s office on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainAt least 10 students of Dhaka University were injured as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League beat them at the DU vice-chancellor’s office on Tuesday.According to witnesses, the BCL men attacked the student demonstrators at the VC’s office to free VC professor Md Akhtaruzzaman from a state of confinement.Injured students of Dhaka University, attacked by ruling Awami League`s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League, being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamAround 20-25 BCL men, joined by others, stormed into the VC’s office room and managed to disperse the demonstrators.BCL is the student wing of the ruling Awami League.The injured students include Razib Kumar Das, Tajuar, Zahr Lal Ray, Apu, Arshad, Umme Habiba Benzir, Rayhan, Zafrul Nadim, Russell, and Liton Nandi. They are now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders assault agitating students to disperse them from VC`s office on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Sajid HossainThe BCL activists led by its general secretary Zakir Hossain went in front of the VC office on Tuesday afternoon to ‘rescue’ the vice-chancellor, Md Akhtaruzzaman, who was confined to his office when the agitating students laid a siege there.The demonstrators demanded implementation of their four points including scrapping of affiliation of seven colleges with Dhaka University, said victims.BCL leaders and activists beat demonstrators to disperse them from the entrance of the VC`s office on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Sajid HossainThe BCL men assaulted the demonstrators including female students on several rounds and forced them out of the VC office, they added.Earlier, the agitating students besieged the vice-chancellor at his office around 12:00pm as, they said, authorities were yet to respond to their demands.Injured students of Dhaka University, attacked by ruling Awami League`s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League, being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainThe demands include withdrawal of a case filed by the DU administration against students in connection with intrusion into the proctor’s office, actions against BCL activists, who had reportedly assaulted students and molested female students on 15 January, and resignation of university proctor.