Ref: Police have allegedly charged batons and forced demonstrating students out of the dormitories of the Chittagong Marine Fisheries Academy following orders from the principal of the institution.
Twenty-three injured were admitted to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) following the incident around 9pm on Tuesday.
Police, however, said the students were brought out of the hall after talks from 5pm to 9pm.
“We had to scare several students as they denied to leave the dormitory,” Chittagong Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner (Port) A K M Imran Bhuiyan told bdnews24.com.
Principal Capt A T G M Sarker declared summer vacation until June 30, before the raid was carried out by police, following a meeting with the agitating students, who have been demonstrating since Saturday leaving classes and examinations.
Their demands include recognising the three-year Pre-sea Training and declaring equal Fishing Officer Class-1 and Merchant Officer Class-3 certificates.
The college situated on the southern bank of Karnaphuli is registered under the National University and run by the fisheries and livestock ministry.
Assuring that they would communicate the demands to the government high-ups, authorities in the meeting declared the vacation and ordered students to leave dormitories by 7pm.
The demonstrators claimed as they protested the decision, the principal called police and got the raid done.
On anonymity, one of the protestors said, “Police broke into the dormitory as we took position inside, and forced us to leave the campus.”
The injured were taken to hospital around 11:30pm, CMCH police camp sub-inspector Jamal Uddin told bdnews24.com.
The principal remained unreachable with his mobile phone switched off.