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Tariqul arrives in RU in ambulance to appear in exam

  • Published at 11:28 pm September 26th, 2018
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Rajshahi University (RU) student and quota reform activist Tariqul Islam, who suffered severe injuries in the hands of the members of Bangladesh Chhatra League's RU unit back in July, arrives on the campus on crutches to appear in an exam on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

His application for a special arrangement to sit the exam in RU’s medical centre was denied by the university authorities

Denied permission to sit his master’s final exam in the university medical centre under a special arrangement, Rajshahi University (RU) student Tariqul Islam went to the campus in an ambulance to sit the exam.

He took the exam on a bed in the teachers’ room of his department Wednesday morning, his classmates said.

An active member of the quota reform movement that took place earlier this year, Tariqul, along with several other quota reform activists, were attacked and beaten up by members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) RU unit on July 2.

Tariqul suffered severe injuries in the attack, with both his legs broken and his spine heavily injured.


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Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, Tariqul said: “I cannot stand without crutches. I came to the campus to take part in the exam in an ambulance, with the help of my classmates. A bed was arranged in the teacher’s room of my department, where I appeared for the exam.”

He said he did his exam well, but he would have been more comfortable taking the exam in the hospital.

Tariqul’s classmates said after undergoing treatment for a long time, Tariqul was on bed-rest at home. When his master’s final exam was scheduled for September 26, his classmates urged him to take the test, even though he was not in a state to appear in the exam.

With the help of his classmates, Tariqul came to Rajshahi two days before the exam.

Members of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Rajshahi University unit are seen beating up a quota reform demonstrator on the university campus on Monday, July 2, 2018 | Dhaka Tribune


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“Tariqul cannot stand get on his feet as yet. Considering his state, he applied to the university authorities for permission to take the exam in the university’s medical centre. To this end, the medical centre’s doctor ran a health check for Tariqul on September 24 and approved his application. Yet, the Exam Control Office did not allow him to take the exam in the medical centre,” said Masud Monnaf, convener of the quota reform movement’s RU unit.

When contacted, Prof Babul Islam, administrator at the Exam Control Office, on Tuesday said, as per the rules, only students who are ill with communicable diseases are allowed to take exams in the medical centre.

“Since Tariqul does not have any communicable disease, he was not given the permission,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.