Top BCL leaders fired over alleged extortion attempt
September 15th, 2019 at 2:29 pm
Top BCL leaders fired over alleged extortion attempt

Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party has removed top leaders of its student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after allegations that the president and general secretary of the organization were engaged in extortion.

Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golam Rabbani were sacked from the posts President and General Secretary of the BCL at a meeting of the AL’s Central Working Committee headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.

The meeting asked the organization’s senior vice-president Al Nahian Khan Joy and joint general secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee to act as the president and general secretary respectively, said AL’s general secretary Obaidul Quader after the meeting.

“The existing committee of the Chhatra League will remain. The senior vice-president will be acting president while the joint general secretary as general secretary,” he said adding that they would take preparation for the next council of the organization.

The meeting also asked Shovon and Rabbani to tender their resignation to Hasina, who is also the chief of AL, along with another letter seeking apology for their ‘known and unknown mistakes’ during their tenure at the student wing. 

Recently, the duo allegedly demanded four to six percent of money from a 1,445-crore take project undertaken for the Jahangirnagar University.

The University Vice Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam brought the matter to the Prime Minister that the BCL leaders had met her to extort money from the project.

A number of AL leaders also alleged that Shovon and Rabbani had given posts in Chhatra League committees in exchange for money. It is also alleged that they were drug addicts.