Toriqul denied treatment, victims suffer


Quota reform campaigner Toriqul Islam of Rajshahi University was released from Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and admitted to a private hospital on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloThe government has acknowledged that the demand for reforms in the quota system  is reasonable. It has formed a committee headed by the cabinet secretary.

The incident could end here, but it didn't. The day the government issued the order to form a committee, the ruling party backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men, with arms, attacked the agitators at different campus.

Many leaders of quota reform movement were injured. The police even arrested a number of agitators without any specific allegationS.

The students held processions and rallies protesting against the attacks. We are concerned that even the demonstrators  came under merciless attack.

Toriqul Islam of Rajshahi University was among the victims. When general students of the university took out a procession demanding quota reforms, the BCL men attacked them with hammers and sticks.

After Toriqul was injured, his classmates admitted him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. But the hospital authorities released him without completing his treatment.

This was very wrong of the hospital authorities and ruthless too. It i's pathetic that a hospital could treat a patient this way.

According to a Prothom Alo report, Toriqul's family cannot afford his medical expenses. His classmates are raising funds for his treatment.

The physicians said the bones of one of his legs have been broken by the hammer. He needs surgery, bu, Toriqul's family cannot afford the surgery.

The negligence of the university authorities is unpardonable. Toriqul, one of their students, was attacked just because he wanted to join a peaceful procession. Neither the vice chancellor nor the proctor felt the necessity to visit him even once.

We demand proper treatment for Toriqul. The university authorities must bear the costs of his treatment.

The RMCH authorities issued a 'release letter'. Bluntly, they threw him out of the hospital.

We draw the health minister's attention to the issue. Ensure Toriqul's treatment at RMCH again.

There has been no information so far indicating that the quota reform protesters violated the law.

The police have arrested several persons despite that and have taken Rashed Khan into remand for interrogation.

The administration is completely silent about those who violently attacked the peaceful procession and rally.

The actions of the law enforcers are certainly a violation of the law.

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