Student death falling from hall’s corridor

RU terms lawmakers speech ‘undesirable’

The authorities of Rajshahi University on Wednesday have termed the speech of Rajshahi-1 constituency lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha as undesirable.

A press release signed by RU public relation office administrator Professor Pradip Kumar Panday stated that they came to know through media that a public representative inappropriately termed the students-teachers-officers-employees of the university as conspirators and anti-independence.

‘Unrealistic and provocative speech of the public representative toward the university administration and students is not desirable in any way. Such a statement that can create confusion about the ambivalent relationship between the two government institutions and a chaos situation in the city cannot be expected from a responsible public representative’, it read.

The press release said that the lawmaker’s statement made the situation more complicated. ‘By hiding the real truth and using fragmented parts of the incident, he has embarrassed not only the students of the university, but also Rajshahi city and the entire country’, it said.

The release also said that the public representative not only humiliated himself but also shocked and insulted all the students including teachers, officials and employees of the university who believe in the spirit and progressiveness of the liberation war.

It also said that the negligence and irresponsibility of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital doctors, interns, nurses, and even the history of assaulting and beatings on the families of heroic freedom fighters were not new.

‘Inconsistent behavior of any doctor or concerned with a patient is never desirable’, it said.

On Wednesday night, RU fourth-year marketing department student MGM Shahriar, 25, was rushed to the RMCH as he fell off the corridor of Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall of the university at about 8:00pm. He succumbed to the injuries at 9:30pm.

Alleging negligence in Shahriar’s treatment, his classmates started protesting and vandalising the hospital.

At that time, some intern doctors and hospital staff also beat up the protesting students, leaving five of them injured.

Following the incident, RMCH and RU filed two separate cases with the Rajpara police station accusing each other.

Later, the students announced lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha persona non grata as he took side of the intern doctors by saying the RU students as ‘terrorists’.

Meanwhile, lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha at a programme in the city on Wednesday afternoon reiterated his speech once again saying that friends of Razakars wanted him persona non grata on RU campus.

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