May 17, 2021


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Physician-police altercation: High Court dissatisfied with contradictory statements

The High Court has expressed dissatisfaction over the contradictory statement issued by the police and doctors’ association over the altercation between doctors, police and magistrates on Dhanmondi’s Elephant Road over a movement pass in Lockdown. The court said such behavior among government officials and employees is not desirable. It is also undesirable for a professional organization to make such a counter-statement centering on this incident.

The court said they are employees of the Republic. Everyone expects them to do the right thing. The court said that all the people of the country are under pressure due to Kavid-19. Either way, something happened. And the counter-statements made by some professional organizations are not desirable. Everyone should be flexible.

Justice M. Inayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar. Rashed Jahangir’s High Court bench made the remarks on Tuesday. The court rejected the request for an inquiry into the incident. Supreme Court lawyer said. Yunus Ali Akand wants the court to bring to the notice of the court the reports published in various national dailies on the contradictory statements of the Police Association and the Medical Association. Earlier in the day, the lawyer had also sought a self-motivated order from the court in connection with the altercation.

Addressing the petitioner on Tuesday, the court said, “You also brought up the matter yesterday (Monday).” You (Yunus Ali Akand) are not an offended person. If an aggrieved party comes to court with it, the matter can be seen. In reply, Yunus Ali Akand said, “My daughter is a doctor.” There are more physician relatives.

Addressing the Attorney General AM Amin Uddin at the time, the court said, “You can see the matter.” How do two professional organizations make statements? In response, the Attorney General said that the incident (argument) was unexpected, unexpected.

On April 17, on the fifth day of the government ban on Elephant Road in the capital, doctors, magistrates and police officials got involved in a scuffle over the ‘Movement Pass’. A video about this went viral through social media.

As can be seen in the video, at the Bata signal on Elephant Road, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University, Associate Professor of Radiology and Imaging, Dr. Saida Shawkat Jenny, Assistant Commissioner of the Dhaka District Administration Office of the Mobile Court Magistrate Sheikh Mohammad. Police members led by Mamunur Rashid and an inspector of New Market police station got involved in the altercation.

The Bangladesh Police Service Association (BPSA) on Monday issued a statement demanding departmental action against the doctors involved. Separately, the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University branch Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad and Bangladesh Doctors’ Association issued separate statements demanding action against the police for allegedly harassing doctors.