The Sylhet Kotwali police on Tuesday picked up Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Sarwar Hossain Chowdhury in connection with a case filed over threatening to rape and kill a Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital doctor, but released him within an hour.
Sylhet Kotwali police officer-in-charge Mohammad Selim Mia said that they detained Sarwar, the prime suspect in the case filed for threatening an intern of the hospital with rape and murder, at about 1:00pm at Bandar Bazar in the city.
‘He, however, was released after his relatives showed documents of his anticipatory bail granted by the High Court,’ the police officer said.
Earlier on Monday afternoon, the hospital interns issued a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest Sarwar and to ensure his exemplary punishment.
The interns also formed a human chain in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in Sylhet city at about 11:00am on Tuesday to press home their demands.
Addressing a rally, the doctors warned that they would go for tough movement if their demands were not addressed shortly.
Nizam Ahmad Chowdhury, Himangshu Shekhar Das, Ishfaq Zaman Sajib, Zabed Ahmad, Ripan Ahmad, Titash Kumar, Soleman Babu, Afzal Ahmed and Harshit Biswas, among others, addressed the rally.
On May 9, Chhatra League leader Sarwar Hossain Chowdhury got into an altercation with Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital intern Nafiza Anjum Nishat as she asked Sarwar and his associates, who took a patient to the hospital, to wait outside the emergency ward.
At one stage, Sarwar, Dakkhin Surma upazila unit Chhatra League vice-president, threatened to rape and kill the doctor showing her a knife.
Later, the doctor shared the status on her Facebook page and the incident drew widespread public condemnation. The hospital authorities filed a case with the Kotwali police in this regard.
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