Police attack medical test protesters

Police attack medical test protesters


At least eight students were injured as police charged baton and fired teargas shells on their protest march demanding cancellation of the result and retaking the admission tests for MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in Shahbagh in the capital on Wednesday.

Police also detained at least 22 students, including women, from the protest march.

Meanwhile, admission seekers in Barisal staged demonstrations with the same demand by spreading human blood on Sher-e-Bangla Medical College campus as authorities continued the admission process for the second day.

Students who failed in the admission tests for the MBBS and BDS programmes in the country’s government medical and dental colleges have been staging demonstrations across the country demanding the cancellation of the result over the allegation of question paper leak.

In the capital, the students who failed to come out successful in the admission tests took position in front of the Central Shaheed Minar around 10am.

Later, they started a procession towards Shahbagh intersection around 11am.

On the way to Shahabagh, police stopped the demonstrators, charged baton, and fired teargas shells on them in front of Shahbagh Police Station around 11.30am. They also arrested 10 students from the spot.

Meanwhile, Socialist Student Front (SSF) brought out a demonstration from DU campus and moved to Shahabag Mor around 11.30am with the same demand.

Later, police blocked the march, charged baton, fired teargas shells on them as they reached Shahbagh around 12pm, leaving at least eight activists injured. Police also detained 12 activists.

Four of the injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ramna Zone) Abdul Baten confirmed the arrest of 10 students.

In Barisal, the protesting students took position in front of the administrative section of SBMC and sprayed human blood in the area.

The students brought out a procession on the SBMC campus threatening to go on a hunger strike unto death if the government does not give in to their demand.

A total of 82,964 students appeared for the medical test held on September 18 to vie for 11,049 seats in the 95 governments and private medical and dental colleges. Results of the admission test were published on September 20 where 48,448 students came out successful with 58.4 percent success.



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