Chittagong Medical College Hospital interns went on indefinite work abstention on Friday morning protesting at attacks on some of their fellows by a faction of the medical college unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Hospital authorities, however, said that the attack was in fact a clash between two factions of Chhatra League.
CMCH director SM Humayun Kabir said that since July, following holidays for COVID-19 outbreak, a total of 86 interns joined workers and more were expected to return to works.
He said, ‘Interns called on strike due to their internal clash in the morning. I have asked interns to abide by the rules so that patients will not suffer.’
The director said that they ran the hospital in COVID-19 crisis without interns, so the strike would not hamper the treatment of patients.
CMCH Chhatra League is divided in two factions — one pledges its loyalty to Chattogram city branch Awami League general secretary AJM Nasir Uddin and another to deputy education minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury Nowfel.
Chawkbazar police station officerin-charge Ruhul Amin said that the factions got into clashes on Thursday night and on Friday morning.
He said that on Friday afternoon police arrested 11 students, in connection with a case filed by intern Awal Rafi on the previous night.
Police placed Abhijit Das, Ataullah Bokhari, Emon Shikder, Khorshed Islam, Toufikur Hasan, Sarowar Faruki, K M Tanbhir, Obaidul Haque, Bulbul Ahmed, Shahriar Islam, Mahmudul Islam — all belong to Nowfel group — to a court that released them on bail.
Chittagong Medical College Intern Doctors’ Association joint convener Abidur Rahman, loyal to Nasir group, said that they started the work abstention after they were assaulted by the rival faction.
The association’s member secretary, Tazwar Rahman, said that they would continue their protests until the perpetrators were punished.
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