Khulna doctors suspend strike

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:09, Jun 18,2020 | Updated: 00:41, Jun 19,2020


Md Abdur Rakib Khan.

Doctors in Khulna suspended their indefinite strike on Thursday for 72 hours and demanded withdrawal of Khulna Sadar Police Station officer-in-charge and arrest of the accused for  murdering their fellow Abdur Rakib Khan.

Addressing a press conference, Khulna unit president of Bangladesh Medical Association Sheikh Baharul Alam made the announcement in a press conference at Khulna Press Club in the afternoon.

He also demanded trial of the accused in speedy trial tribunal.

He said that they demanded withdrawal of OC Aslam Bahar Bulbul because he deliberately delayed the case recording.

Directorate General of Health Services director general Abul Kalam Azad, during the daily online COVID-19 bulletin about half an hour after ending the doctors’ press conference in Khulna, condemned the murder while the country was facing COVID-19 crisis and the doctors were trying to tackle the situation as frontline fighters.

Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in Khulna district wore black badges and hoisted black flags at their workplaces on Thursday protesting at the murder.

Raisa Clinic managing director and Bagerhat Medical Assistants’ Training School principal Abdur Rakib Khan, 59, who was assaulted by a patient’s family members on Monday night over the allegation of wrong treatment which led to her death, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Khulna on Tuesday evening.

Khulna Sadar Police Station OC Aslam Bahar Bulbul told New Age that they arrested five suspects — Jamir, 32, Abul Ali, 45, Abdur Rahim, 38, and Khadiza, 48, from Tongi in Gazipur, Sheikhpara in the city of Khulna and in Rupsha upazila in Khulna — in connection with a case filed by the victim’s brother Saiful Islam.

Of the five, he said, a Khulna court allowed police three days to question Abdur Rahim in police custody.

Officials at Khulna court said that accused Khadiza, who was placed before the court of metropolitan magistrate Md Shahidul Islam, confessed to his offence.

Khulna OC said that they would place three other suspects before the court on Friday morning.

The New Age Correspondent in Chattogram, quoting BMA Chattogram president Mujibul Haque, reported that the doctors in Chattogram had suspended the emergency telemedicine service in the port city for indefinite period protesting against Rakib’s murder.

In Sylhet, doctors of Osmani Medical College under the banner of Mid-Level Chikitshak Parishad staged demonstration protesting at the murder.

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