Chittagong Medical College closed for indefinitely after clashes

2021-10-30, 6:46pm Conflicts

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Chittagong Medical College (CMC) was shut down on Saturday for an indefinite period following a series of clashes between two factions of BCL.

Dhaka, Oct 30:  Chittagong Medical College (CMC) was shut down on Saturday for an indefinite period following a series of clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on its campus.

The residential students of the institution were asked to vacate the dormitories by Saturday evening.

Talking to UNB, CMC principal Dr Shahena Akter said that their academic council took the decision after the clashes between ‘two groups of students’. "The college will remain closed until further notice. We’ve asked all the students to leave their dormitories,” she said.

Besides, Shahena said, a five-member probe committee, led by Dr Motiur Rahman, has been formed to look into the incident.

She said the probe body has been asked to submit a report within the next seven working days.

Earlier, at least three CMC students were injured in clashes between two groups of BCL of the medical college unit over establishing their dominance on the campus.

The three injured -- Mahfuzul Haque, 23, Naimul Islam, 20 and Md Akib Hossain, 20— were admitted to the CMCH.

Campus sources said the two BCL groups-- one loyal to a former mayor and another loyal to a junior minister--locked in a clash on Friday night.

In a sequel to it, they engaged in clashes in the morning and chased each other forcing the authorities to close the college for an indefinite period.

Contacted, Panchlaish Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Jahedul Kabir said the clash began on Friday night as the supporters of two groups locked into an altercation over their internal affairs.

As a sequel to the internal feud, the OC said they again engaged in clashes in the morning, leaving a few students injured.

Later, he said law enforcers brought the situation under control. “The situation is now normal. Additional police have been deployed on campus to fend off further trouble,”reports UNB.