police said Arif Nur was stabbed with sharp weapons under the over bridge at Paribagh, near Shahbagh, around 11pm Friday. Mancha organisers have blamed activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for the attack on Arif. He sustained injuries on his head and several parts of the body.He was admitted at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), where doctors said he was out of danger.
Udichi Shilpi Goshthi’s central committee member Arif has been playing an active role in the movement led by Ganajagaran Mancha to press for maximum punishment for the war criminals and for a ban on the Jamaat.
DMCH police outpost Inspector Mozammel Haque told Arif had just gotten out of his friend’s house when a microbus stopped in front of him under the over bridge. Five people got out of the vehicle and started stabbing Arif.
They fled after people from the nearby CNG refuelling station rushed there, Haque said.
One of the Ganajagaran Mancha organisers, Maruf Rosul told “The attackers at first ridiculed Arif over some of the slogans of Shahbagh movement. Then they attacked him as he tried to run.”
A blood soaked Arif was taken to Health and Hope Hospital at Panthapath and he was later transferred to DMCH.
The assailants did not take away Arif’s mobile phone and money, Inspector Mozammel Haque said.
After visiting Arif at DMCH, Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarker told reporters that they would take out a torch procession on Saturday evening to protest the attack.
Maruf Rosul held Jamaat and Shibir activists responsible for carrying out the attack. “We are sure that it was their doing, because they mocked the slogans we used during our movement.”
Youths, bloggers and online activists in February had started a demonstration at Shahbagh demanding death penalty for Jamaat leader and war crimes convict Abdul Quader Molla after he was handed down a life imprisonment by the International Crimes Tribunal.
The demonstration led by Ganajagaran Mancha very soon turned into a massive movement with support from all walks of life for maximum punishment to all war criminals and a ban on Jamaat.
Some days after the movement begun, Mancha activist and blogger Rajib Ahmed Haider was killed near his home at the capital’s Mirpur. Several other bloggers were also attacked in recent weeks.