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13 students injured in assault at Rajshahi’s Shah Makhdum Medical College

  • Published at 11:37 am November 28th, 2020
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In February, students began a movement which initially led to the temporary shut down of the college

At least 13 students of Rajshahi's Shah Makhdum Medical College and Hospital were injured on Friday afternoon in an attack by the supporters of the medical college authorities.

Sources from the police have confirmed that 12 among the injured were admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) with injuries.

The incident took place at the medical college premises in Khargari area of Rajshahi city on Friday around 5pm.

One of the injured students seeking anonymity said she along with the other students went to the medical college's hostel to get their belongings, when they were refused entry.

"A while after we were allowed entry, the brother of the college's MD (managing director) Moniruzzaman Swadhin, and a few others locked the college's gate and severely assaulted us with sticks and rods," the student said.

Police arrested Beauty, wife of the MD, and Mithu, brother of the MD, on Friday after a case was filed against nine identified people and 12 others without naming them at Chandrima police station of the city.

Golam Ruhul Kuddus, additional deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

As per an order from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the privately-run medical college has been remaining shut since November 2 as it had failed to fulfil necessary conditions for providing education.

Previously, in March last year, ministry officials visited the college following allegations of violations of the Private Medical College Establishment and Management Policy 2011. 

The college could not register under the Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council, due to which four students who had passed MBBS from the college failed to apply for an internship and remained idle for a year.

Also Read: Govt asks Shah Makhdum Medical College to shut down

In February this year, students started a  protest which initially led to the temporary shut down of the college. 

Later that month, a probe-body upon visiting the college had found that  recommendations set by the ministry to improve the college have been ignored.

Also in that month, the district administration intervened so that the four students who had passed MBBS from the college can apply for internship under special circumstances.

On November 2, two order letters were issued from the Health Ministry signed by Deputy Secretary Badrun Nahar. 

One of those instructed to halt admitting new students in the university and another to arrange admission of the current students to other private medical colleges affiliated with RMCH.

Wishing anonymity, a student of the campus said: “On information that a team of high-ups from the education ministry was visiting the campus to reconsider the government decision, students of the college tried to enter the campus in the afternoon. 

"They were first barred but later allowed to enter the campus. Miscreants on the orders of the managing director, locked the college gate and started to beat students with bamboos and rods."

The gate of the college was opened when locals gathered, after hearing screams of the students for help.

However, the college Managing Director Moniruzzaman Swadhin denied his involvement in the attack.

“I was on duty at the office during the incident. When I left the office, I saw that students were gathered on the road and police came to speak to them,” he said on Friday.

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