About 100 students chanting slogans and carrying placards staged a demonstration in front of Pioneer Dental College in Dhaka’s Bhatara from 11am till 2pm on Saturday.
The Nepalese Students Association of Bangladesh organized the protest where they demanded to watch December 19’s CCTV footages of Pioneer Dental College, claiming it hinted at mysterious events surrounding the death of Binisha Shah – a Nepalese girl studying in Bangladesh.
The protesters further claimed that the college authorities intentionally deleted CCTV footage between the hours of 11:22am till 12:30pm on December 19, which could have shed light on what happened.
Their other demands include publishing an accurate autopsy report of the death, the Nepalese embassy and the Bangladesh government taking strong initiatives to protect the interest of all Nepalese students in the country, and also to meet the 10-point demand of the dental college’s students as early as possible, and various others.
Dhiraj, a protesting student from another institution, said: “Binisha’s death is mysterious. She was sitting in the exam hall. Why would she go to her room and hang herself?”
Another protester, seeking anonymity, said: “Why would she commit suicide? There must be a reason behind this. If anyone of the college had any fault behind the incident, their punishment should be exemplary."
Dr Salman Abdus Samad, an intern at the college and an organizer of the demonstration, told the Dhaka Tribune that all classes in the college have been suspended and residential students have been asked to leave the dorm. The college authorities have also switched off all the CCTV cameras.
The college authorities have not commented on the availability of the footage or the status of the security cameras.
Binisha, a third-year student of the 23rd batch of Pioneer Dental College, allegedly committed suicide in her dormitory room on December 19.
Requesting anonymity, another student told the Dhaka Tribune: “Binisha committed suicide because the teachers and college put too much pressure on her.”
Meanwhile, college authorities maintain that a teacher had caught Binisha cheating, but allowed her to continue the exam.
A college spokesperson earlier said: "She left the hall willingly. She might have committed suicide out of disappointment but we are still investigating into the matter."
Binisha's body was kept at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue after autopsy. Her brother will receive the body after completing all formalities.
An unnatural death case was lodged with Bhatara police station in this regard.