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Rape threat: Sylhet Chhatra League leader gets bail an hour after arrest

  • Published at 03:59 pm May 14th, 2019
Intern doctors protest questioning the security of the workplace as Chhatra League leader threatens to rape female doctor in Sylhet Women's Medical College and Hospital on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The case was started on Monday night

A Bangladesh Chhatra League leader has been released on bail within one and a half hours of his arrest, in a case filed against him for threatening to rape and murder a female internee doctor at Sylhet Women's Medical College Hospital (SWMCH).

Sarwar Hossain Chowdhury was arrested from Bandarbazar area in Sylhet’s Dakhshin Surma upazila around 1pm on Tuesday, Kotwali police station OC Md Selim Mia said.

However, he said, the vice-president of Chhatra League’s Dakhshin Surma upazila unit was released on bail around 2:30pm.

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The station’s General Recording Officer (GRO) Sudipto added that Sarwar was released after he was granted bail by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mostahim Billah.

On Monday night, SWMCH Director Dr Ferdous Hasan filed the case with Kotwali police, accusing Sarwar and several unidentified others.

Earlier that day, SWMCH interns at a press briefing had given the authorities an ultimatum, demanding Sarwar’s arrest within 24 hours.

On Thursday, according to the victim’s Facebook post and witnesses, Sarwar and several others threatened to rape and murder the female internee doctor during the treatment of a patient they had brought in.

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A video of the incident went viral on social media, triggering interns to protest at the hospital and elsewhere in Sylhet.

After medications failed to resolve the matter, SWMCH Registrar Ishfaq Zaman on May 11 filed a general diary (GD) at Kotwali police station before the case was started.