Update July 27, 2017

Dhaka 4-59 am, 25-October, 2020

Siddiqur leaves for India for eye treatment

Mirajul Moin Joy

27 July 2017, Nirapad News: Siddiqur Rahman, the college student whose eyes were damaged during a demonstration in the capital last week, today left here for India for eye treatment.

As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry arranged his treatment at Chennai’s Sankara Nethralaya Hospital. The government will bear the cost of his treatment.

A flight of Sri Lankan Airlines carrying Siddiqur, a student of Political Science Department of Titumir College, left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:00pm, airport sources confirmed.

Siddiqur is accompanied by his brother Nawab Ali and Dr Zahidul Ahsan Menon, assistant professor of National Institute of Ophthalmology and

“Siddiqur will visit an eye specialist at Sankara Nethralaya Hospital tomorrow morning,” Director of National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital Professor Dr Golam Mostofa told BSS.

Students from seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University brought out a demonstration at Shahbagh on July 20, demanding announcement of schedules of their examinations.

During the demonstration, Siddiqur received critical eye injury when a shell of teargas hit him.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has already formed a three-member committee to investigate into the matter.

After the formation of the probe body, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said if negligence is found, the responsible persons would be brought to the book.

The minister also asked the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to be more cautious while preventing any movement and agitation in the city.

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