Begum Rokeya University students have demanded the removal of acting Proctor Mir Tamanna Siddika for falsely accusing a student of harassing her and handing him over to police, which led to the death of his father.
Dipu Roy, a student from the sixth batch of the mass communication and journalism department, was handed over to police around 10am Friday for allegedly harassing the proctor.
Hearing the news, Dipu’s father Anil Chandra died after a cardiac arrest in Nilphamari around 3pm. Dipu was released after the news of his father’s death spread.
The death of the father sparked protests on campus, with students demanding immediate removal of the proctor and remedial action for detention of the student over false allegations.
According to his classmates, Dipu and two of his friends were walking on campus after the Pohela Boishakh programmes when they met the proctor.
“One of them may have laughed while talking among themselves. The proctor was enraged at this and wanted to know why they were laughing. She took Dipu to the police while the two others left the place,” a student of the mass communication department said, seeking anonymity.
Students say Dipu has no political affiliation and is known as a quiet person. Dipu was harassed as he did not greet the teacher, they allege.
Tamanna, an assistant professor at the Department of Women and Gender Studies, alleged that the trio had misbehaved with her, but could not elaborate when asked what they did. “Dipu harassed me and another faculty; so I handed him over to the police.”
She also said that she had wished to file a case for sexual harassment against him but later dropped the idea considering his future.
On the other hand, students alleged that Tamanna had started abusing her power after assuming office as the acting proctor.
She censured many male students on campus only for making eye contact or not greeting her, according to the agitated students.
The students will submit a memorandum to the vice-chancellor on Monday with the demand for removing the proctor.
VC Prof Dr Nurunnabi said: “I heard that the student was detained for misbehaving with the proctor. And he was later released. I have heard that his father was suffering from heart disease for long.”
The university’s police outpost In-Charge Sub-Inspector Ershad Ali said that they only acted out of orders from the proctor.