Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet on Tuesday began three-day mourning programmes as 11 of its 13 Nepalese final year MBBS students died in a plane crash at Kathmandu airport on Monday.
Teachers, students, officials and employees of the college on Tuesday wore black badges as part of the mourning programmes announced Monday evening, campus sources said.
‘Flag of the college was hoisted at half-mast and scheduled classes and examinations were suspended on the first day of the three-day mourning programmes,’ said college principal Abed Hossain.
Mentioning that about 250 Nepalese students were studying in different sessions at the college, the principal said that the 13 were going home to spend a vacation.
College deputy director Arman Ahmad Shiplu said that contacting with the victims’ Nepalese fellows and guardians, the college authority confirmed that two of the 13 students were alive.
Referring to the guardians, Nepalese students of the medical college confirmed that two of the victims — Princhi Dhami and Shamira Bezarkhar — were alive, he added.
‘They were admitted to a hospital in Kathmandu being rescued from the spot after the accident. They are still undergoing treatment there,’ Arman said.
The deceased students were Sanjay Powdel, Sanjoya Maharajan, Nega Maharajan, Anjali Shreshtha, Purnima Lohani, Shreya Thapa, Mili Maharajan, Sharha Shreshtha, Alzira Baral, Churu Baral, Ashra Shakhia, college officials said.
Rafi Chowdhury, an intern at the medical college hospital, said that their 13 Nepalese fellows wanted to pass the vacation with families since their final exam was completed recently.
‘They were supposed to join as interns at the college hospital after several weeks. We cannot believe that 11 of them will never return to us,’ he added.
At least 50 people including 26 Bangladeshis were killed in the plane crash. The US-Bangla Airlines plane was flying to Kathmandu from Dhaka with 67 passengers and four crewmembers on board.
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