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'She was not someone who could commit suicide'

  • Published at 07:56 pm December 7th, 2019
Rumpa Murder Stamford University
Students and teachers of Stamford University Bangladesh form human chain in front of the main entrance of its Siddheshwari campus in Dhaka on Saturday, December 7, 2019 Courtesy

Students and teachers of Siddheshwari and Dhanmondi campuses formed separate human chains demanding justice over the alleged murder of Rumpa, a second year student of English Department

Stamford University student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa could not commit suicide as she was not a type of person who would, a teacher of the university has claimed.

Associate Prof Sayma Arju of the English department said: "I knew her. She was not someone who could commit suicide."

She made the claim while participating in a human chain program held in front of the main entrance of the university's Siddheshwari campus in Dhaka on Saturday.

Students and teachers of Siddheshwari and Dhanmondi campuses formed separate human chains demanding justice over the alleged murder of Rumpa, a second year student of English Department.

Later, they brought out processions and paraded the city streets.

Sayma Arju added: "Her getting justice now depends on proper investigation by law enforcement agencies."

On December 4, police recovered the body of Rumpa, 21, from 68 Siddheswari Circular Road, behind Ayesha Complex in Dhaka. 

Daughter of Inspector Md Rokonuddin, Rumpa used to live with her mother and younger brother in Dhaka's Shantibagh area. Rokonuddin is the in-charge of a police outpost in Habiganj.

Meanwhile, police interrogated Rumpa's friend who lives in a flat housed in Ayesha Complex.

Assistant Commissioner SM Shamim (Ramna division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said the deceased left her home in between 6pm and 6:30pm on December 4. 

Later on, Rumpa joined the friend's birthday celebration at her house, he said.

Quoting the girl, Shamim said Rumpa stayed there for some time and left the house later.

The police official said: "We have footage of CCTV (closed-circuit television) that showed a girl resembling Rumpa entering into a four-storey building adjacent to Ayesha Complex.

"We are investigating the matter whether the girl was Rumpa or not," he added.

On December 6, Rumpa was buried at her ancestral home at Bijoynagar village in Mymensingh. 

According to police sources, she died after falling from a multi-storey building. 

A case was filed in this regard with Ramna police station.

The autopsy of the body was performed at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) on December 5. 

Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of the DMC Forensic department, 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 a viscera test."