Players from Dhaka University were allegedly attacked by students of Rajshahi University during the final match of the inter-university cricket tournament at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Rajshahi on Monday.
The RU administration initially refrained from taking action but later formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident.
Four injured players, Sifat, Imon, Tury and Rokon, are currently undergoing treatment at Rajshahi’s Labaid Hospital.
According to witnesses and sources familiar with the matter, the clash emanated from a dispute over a decision by the umpires, which led to a heated argument between the players on the field and eventually escalated into a physical confrontation.
Following the incident, the university authorities, along with the police, escorted the players off the field for their safety.
The DU cricket team’s head coach claimed that at least four players from his team sustained injuries in the attack.
While the university authorities expressed regret over the incident, the coach of Dhaka University’s cricket team, Shahadat Hossain, mentioned concerns about the lack of security during the match.
He said the administration did not take adequate measures to prevent the clash.
The clash disrupted the game temporarily, but after interventions from both coaches and teachers, the match resumed, and DU emerged victorious.
The clash prompted strong reactions from the administrations of both universities, with RU condemning the violence in an official statement. Meanwhile, DU expressed its disappointment and called for an immediate investigation to ensure such incidents do not happen again.
As the universities grapple with the aftermath of the incident, questions about security protocols during sporting events on campuses have come to the forefront.
The focus now shifts to the inquiry committee’s findings and the steps that will be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.