Police charge batons, foil protest of medical students

November 08, 2020 Bangladesh
Police on Sunday dispersed a demonstration of medical students who were staging protest in the city's Shahbagh intersection raising four-point, including jam free academic session.

Agitating students blocked the intersection at about 11.30am which caused huge traffic jam in the region and sufferings for passengers 

Police charged batons on agitating students at about 1.15pm and dispersed them. Protestors engaged in a scuffle with police if they tried to eliminate them from intersection.

At least five of the protesters sustained injuries as police charged batons to disperse them and detained 13 of the protesters.

The four-point demands of medical students are:

1.    Never to take professional examination during coronavirus pandemic 
2.    Completing courses in due time to reduce session jam
3.    Not to take costs more than 60 months in private medical colleges 
4.  Authorities concerned will shoulder the responsibility of those who becomes infected for come in examination during COVID-19 period 

Earlier on Thursday, several agitating students met with Dr Shahriar Nabi, Dean of Medicine faculty of Dhaka University, to discuss about their four-point demand.

They begun their protest each morning as the assurance provided by the dean was not fulfilled and there is no notice in this regard entirely on Dhaka Medical College Hospital’ notice board, protestors alleged.

About 300 medical students brought out a procession from the campus at about 11.00am and police tried to barred them in front of Shahbagh Police Station. Denying the barrier of police they took position on Shahbagh intersection and chanted slogans blocking it. 

An agitating student said their demands are logical but authorities aren't attending to in this regard.

About the demands Dr Shahriar Nabi said if the students usually do not want to sit in for examinations on December then it can be rescheduled by January or February next year.
“We are discussing the problem and positively thinking in this regard,” he added.

Source: Observerbd - Bangladesh