Guards clash with test seekers at Mugda hospital, assault journalist

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:27, Jul 04,2020


A group of healthcare seekers scuffled with security guards at Mugda Medical College Hospital in Dhaka on Friday over getting opportunity to test coronavirus.

Ansar members posted at the hospital as security guards also attacked photojournalist Rubel Rashid, who was taking pictures of the incident, and damaged his camera at about 11:30am.

Police form Mugda Police Station turned up at the hospital within minutes and brought the situation under control.

Rubel Rashid, photojournalist of daily Deshrupantan,  told New Age that the hospital authorities distributed 40 forms among the test seekers for the day, but after taking swab samples from 34 people, an Ansar member told the people waiting in a queue for their turn to come up that the authorities had stopped sample collection and no one would be tested.

After this they got into altercation with the Ansar members who also assaulted a young seeker named Shaon.

During this time, the Ansar members slapped Rubel Rashid and snatched away his camera and smashed it.

Witnesses said Ansar members threatened the journalist and said that they would tie him up with rope.

Some Ansar members also threatened that as from the moment no journalists would be allowed on the hospital premises.

Mugda police sub-inspector Akramul Islam said that police rushed to the spot immediately and brought the situation under control.

Photojournalist Rubel said in the evening said that he had filed a complaint with the Mugda Police Station.

Akramul Islam said actions would be taken following investigation.

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