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8 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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BCL ‘hammer’ attack

Tariqul’s spine damaged, leg broken

Says spine specialist
RU CORRESPONDENT

The spine and bone of the right leg of Tariqul Islam Tarek, a Rajshahi University (RU) student and joint convener of the quota reforms movement, have been damaged and broken after being hit with by something heavy and it will not be possible for him to stand firmly or carry heavy weight, medical sources have said.

Dr Sayed Ahmed, spine specialist at the Royal Medical College, Laxipur, in Rajshahi city, said, “The spine and bone of the right leg of Torek have been damaged, as shown by the x-ray report, when he was attacked with a hammer. He has also had eight stitches on his head, as he was hit with sticks.” He would need long-term treatment. Besides, a few different tests are still to be completed. In reply of query, he said, after getting all the test reports, the need for an operation will be ascertained, he added.

On CCTV footage, Abdullah Al Mamun is seen pounding his back and legs with a hammer in front of the university gate, while BCL activist Latiful Manik, a master’s student of history, who got admission to the university in the freedom fighters quota, hit Tariqul on the dead with machetes.

Besides, at least fifteen BCL leaders and activists indiscriminately beat up Toriqul Islam, master’s student of RU’s Islamic studies department, with a hammer, iron rod, machete, and sticks on Monday while he, along with other quota protesters, was heading towards the campus in a procession around 4:00pm.

Taking to the reporters, Tarek started weeping and said, “I have felt inhuman pain. I did not beat anyone in my life. So, why have I been made to suffer this terrible pain?”

“I’m taking medicine every day, plaster has been opened from leg, but it seems the right leg has been detached from the knee. I have been feeling unbearable pain in the spine. It seems death is better than living in this condition,” he said.

Fatema Akthar, his sister, said, “We are three brother and sisters. Our father is a poor man, who has no land. He sent Tk 3,000 for Tarek, but now we need a huge amount of money for his treatment.” Every day, he needs a minimum Tk 7500, but we have no money to spend. A few persons have given money by collecting from different quarters, but that is insufficient.”

“My brother cannot move, he feels pain all over his body. His leg is swollen,” she added.

Toriqul was discharged from the Rajshahi Medical Hospital on Monday and admitted to the private Royal Hospital in the Laxmipur area in the afternoon the same day.

His sister has sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention for financial aid for his treatment.

Masud Monnaf, convener of the movement of RU urged to the university authorities to form a probe body to investigate those incidents, to ensure proper treatment of the injured students who were attacked by BCL men and to provide legal aid to the arrested students.

“No perpetrators have received punishment five days after heinous incident on the campus. They are still at large,” he alleged.

RU proctor Prof Dr Luthfor Rahman said, “After an investigation, we will punish those who are behind the incident. After discussions with university authorities, punitive action would be taken.”

 

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