Clashes over medical college prompt curfew in Rangamati

The administration clamped a curfew in Rangamati district following rising tension over the opening of a medical college there.
Deputy Commissioner Shamsul Arefin said the curfew was imposed at 7:30pm on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated 11 medical colleges, one of them in Rangamati, through a video conference Saturday.
Pro-CHT Peace Accord group PCJSS has been opposing the establishment of the medical college there.Their supporters clashed with ruling Awami League activists at Rangamati on Saturday, police said.
Following the clashes, the local administration had imposed Section 144 in the district banning gatherings indefinitely.
Then the curfew was imposed from 7:30pm on Sunday as tensions rose further between the bickering groups, Arefin told
Kotwali Police Station OC Sohel Imtiaz said it would stay in force until 8am Monday to avoid violence.
He said PCJSS and the ruling party activists had also fought running battles in different parts of the town on Sunday afternoon. Police later charged with batons to disperse them.
The curfew was enforced after the baton-charge, the OC added. –