A case has been filed against five people including the newly elected DUCSU VP Nurul Haq Nur, Bangladesh Chaatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi.
Marjuka Rayana, a final year student of DU Dance department, filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on Monday night alleging that the student leaders assaulted Ruqayyah Hall Provost Professor Dr Zeenat Huda during Monday’s DUCSU elections, according to DMP Ramna zone deputy commissioner Maruf Hossain Sardar.
Quota reforms movement leader Nur has been elected the vice president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) in the election held on Monday.
Liton Nandi contested the DUCSU polls as a vice-president candidate from Leftists Students Union.
According to reports published in different media outlets, non-BCL candidates sought to see all the nine ballot boxes at Ruqayyah Hall before the vote began on Monday morning.
Election officials, also the teachers at Dhaka University, showed only six boxes. But the students insisted on seeing the rest three as well.
At one stage, heated arguments took place as the election officials did not show all the nine boxes at once, alleged the students.
As a result, voting was delayed by an hour in the hall.
With allegations of ballot boxes being hidden at the hall spreading fast, other candidates and students rushed to the hall.
Around 11:30 am, quota movement panel VP candidate Nur went there. He and some other candidates of the Hall Union told the provost that they suspected there were ballot boxes in the room next to the auditorium.
Amid the heated arguments, BCL GS candidate Golam Rabbani and Ruqayyah Hall’s BCL-supported AGS candidate Falguni Tonni went there and engaged in a fiery debate. Peers of Falguni pushed and assaulted Nur, alleged many of the eyewitnesses.
However, BCL General Secretary Golam Rabbani denied that Nur was assaulted.
Nur fell down unconscious and was rushed to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. By 12:30pm, other voters and candidates demanded that the authorities open the locked room and let them in to see what was there.
Students and candidates then broke open the room and found three trunks full of ballot papers that were not marked. Voting was suspended since 12:00pm and the female students of the hall began demonstrating in and outside the hall.
At 12:45pm, chief returning officer Prof Mahfuzur Rahman went to the hall and the female students chanted slogans against him and he was forced to retreat.