31 hurt as AL men clash with PCP
At least 31 people, including policemen, journalists and students, were injured yesterday when activists of indigenous students' group Pahari Chhatra Parishad and pro-Awami League organisations clashed over the inauguration of Rangamati Medical College.
The clash took place during a blockade called by the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS-Santu Larma)-backed student group as they wanted the implementation of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord before the inauguration of the public medical college.
Kotwali Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sohel Imtiaj and some local journalists were among the injured.
Meanwhile, local administration imposed Section 144 prohibiting gathering of five or more people in the district town for an indefinite period following the clash at Bonorupa Bazar in the morning.
The indigenous student group and pro-ruling party activists were locked into a clash just before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 11 public medical colleges, including one in Rangamati, through videoconferencing from her official residence Gono Bhaban in the capital.
When Chhatra League and Jubo League activists brought out a procession around 9:00am from Hapiar Mor in the town and headed towards the medical college, some PCP activists chased them triggering the clash.
Activists of the student group allegedly vandalised some business establishments and Rupali Bank and Islami Bank branches in the area while pro-AL activists allegedly vandalised a diagnostic centre and a Teletalk customer care centre.
The violence then spread over the entire district town.
The police rushed in and brought the situation under control.