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Stamford University students protest seeking justice for Rumpa

  • Published at 06:57 pm December 6th, 2019
Stamford University students form a human chain in front of the main entrance of the university's main campus in Siddheswari, Dhaka on Friday, December 6, 2019 Focus Bangla

They brought out a procession in Dhaka on Friday afternoon

Students of Stamford University in Dhaka have staged demonstration seeking justice for the unnatural death of their fellow student, Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa.

Over 50 students formed a human chain in front of the main entrance of the university's main campus in Siddheswari Friday afternoon. 

Later, they brought out a procession and paraded the city streets, demanding a proper investigation into the death.

Stamford University Proctor ANM Arifur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

"Nothing can be said until Rumpa's autopsy report is published. Students will carry on with their academic activities. Simultaneously they will continue their peaceful protest demanding justice for Rumpa," 

"If we find any of our students involved with the murder of Rumpa, our disciplinary board is ready to take action," said ANM Arifur Rahman, also an assistant professor of the university's law department. 

Arifur urged the authorities concerned to unfold the mystery behind Rumpa’s murder as soon as possible. He also demanded that those who are responsible for the killing need to be brought to justice immediately. 

Ramna police station Officer-in-Charge Monirul Islam said that he is yet to get his hands on Rumpa's autopsy report which will determine if she was raped before murder or not.

The body of Rumpa, 21, a second year student of Stanford University's English Department, was recovered from 68 Siddheswari Circular Road, behind Ayesha Complex on Wednesday night.

She used to live with her mother and younger brother in the city's Shantibagh area.

Rumpa was the daughter of Inspector Md Rokonuddin, in-charge of a police outpost in Habiganj.

She was buried at her ancestral home in Bijoynagar village of Mymensingh district on Friday.

While talking with journalists after his daughter's burial, Rokonuddin said: "I cannot believe that my daughter is dead. This was not supposed to happen. I admitted Rumpa in a private university through much hardship."

Rumpa's parents demanded justice for their daughter. 

According to police sources Rumpa died after falling from a multi-storey building. A case has been filed in this regard with Ramna police station.

The autopsy of the body was performed at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) on Thursday.

Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of the DMC Forensic Department, on Thursday said: "The deceased [Rumpa] sustained multiple fractures in her body which indicates she died after falling off a multi-storey building. Samples have also been collected to perform viscera test."