Police files case against 1,400 nurses: nurses boycott classes in protest police action

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Dhaka, June 2: The students of Diploma in Nursing on Thursday announced to boycott class and closing of clinical practice protesting police and outsiders’ attacks on the nurses who were gathered on a stay-on demonstration in front of health minister’s residence in Dhanmondi.

Meanwhile, Dhanmondi police filed a case accusing some 1,400 unknown nurses over a clash in front of the residence of Health Minister.

Bangladesh Diploma Students Nurses Union informed about the programme in a press release signed by its president Bithi Akhter and general secretary Md Kawsar Hossain sent to the media on Thursday.Nurses in front of health minister residence

The release read, around four thousand nurses were gathered in front of the residence of health minister just to sit with the government as promised by the minister.

“However, we had been denied and we wanted to stay in front of the residence.”

Some unknown outsiders along with police attacked the nurses, it added.

It also read police charged batons, tear gas and cell and water canon against the nurses and also harassed them.

“We deeply regret this kind of incidence and demand immediate punishment of the attackers and we hereby declare boycott classes and closing clinical practices for an indefinite period”, the release read.

However, Sub-Inspector (SI) Raihan filed a case with Dhanmondi police station against the nurses for obstructing police from discharging duties.

Two of the accused have been shown arrested and sent them to the court.

On Wednesday night, the clash ensued when the law enforcers went to move the demonstrating unemployed nurses off the street in front of Health Minister Mohammed Nasim’s home at Dhanmondi, leaving at least 40 people injured.