Police say the youth may have committed suicide in the early hours of Monday
Police have recovered the body of a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) hanging from the ceiling of his room in Sylhet city.
Md Saifur Rahman Pratik’s body was found at a house where he lived in the city’s Kajalshah area on Monday afternoon, said Kotwali police station’s Sub-Inspector Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan.
“Our primary inquiry indicates to suicide. We think he [Pratik] committed suicide in the early hours of Monday,” said Akbar.
The body was sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for autopsy, he added.
The 25-year-old deceased, who was from Narsingdi, was a student of 2011-2012 academic session in SUST’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Department.
Meanwhile, the victim’s sister Tawhida Jahan Shanta, an assistant professor at Dhaka University’s Department of Communication Disorders, has blamed the teachers of Pratik’s department for his reported suicide.
In several posts on her Facebook profile, Shanta claimed that Pratik, even after obtaining first class first in the honours final examination, was not given any supervisor during his master’s and the marks he deserved in the master’s exam.
She alleged that this had shattered Pratik’s dream to become a teacher and he killed himself out of frustration because of his teachers’ threats and uncooperative behaviours over the past six months.
Reached for comment, SUST Proctor Prof Zahir Uddin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune that the university authorities had informed the victim’s family and further steps would be taken after talking to them.