The deceased’s sister blames a list of SUST officials for his death
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) authorities have formed a three-member committee to look into the suicide of a student and the reasons behind his tragic death.
Dr Mohammad Belal Uddin, dean of the School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences, will work as the convener of the committee, SUST Registrar Mohd Ishfaqul Hussain said on Tuesday.
The two other probe team members are mathematics department professor Dr Md Anowarul Islam and SUST’s Assistant Proctor Mohammad Samiul Islam.
Police on Monday recovered the body of Md Taifur Rahman Pratik, 25, hanging from the ceiling of a room in a house where he lived in Sylhet city’s Kajalshah area.
He was a student of the 2011-2012 academic session in SUST’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Department.
Kotwali police station’s Sub-Inspector Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan said their primary inquiry indicated to suicide. “We think [Pratik] committed suicide in the early hours of Monday.”
Meanwhile the deceased’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.
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Posting on her Facebook profile early Tuesday, she said her brother was murdered and blamed a list of SUST officials for her brother’s death, including Pratik’s undergraduate supervisor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, and his department’s faculty members Dr Zobada Kanak Khan, Dr Abdullah Al Mamun, Dr MdFaruqueMiah, Dr Md Jakir Hosen, Dr Md Kamrul Islam and Dr Asif Iqbal.
She demanded justice for her brother’s death, and that the faculty members not be allowed to leave the country. Shanta could not be reached as she was on her way back to Bangladesh from Istanbul.
When asked, Assistant Professor of SUST’s Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Department Dr Zobada Kanak Khan refused to make any comment, but said Pratik’s mental condition may have also played a part in the cause of his death.
Another faculty member, Professor Abdullah Al Mamun, remarked he was at a loss of words after hearing about Pratik’s death. But he added there was no conflict with him.
Professors Abul Kalam Azad and Faruque Miah did not respond to any calls from this correspondent.
The head of the concerned department Md Shamsul Haque Prodhan told the Dhaka Tribune he knew Pratik was planning to go abroad, as Pratik would usually seek recommendations from his faculty members, which they in turn had given.
Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, vice chancellor of SUST, told the Dhaka Tribune that the incident was unfortunate, and that an investigation committee from the university had already been formed and would take necessary action soon after it finished its probe.