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8 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 8 December, 2019 01:35:15 AM
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‘Friend’ held over Rumpa’s death

Protests continue as mystery still unsolved

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Protests continue as 
mystery still unsolved
Stamford University students and teachers form a human chain demanding justice over the death of Rubaiya Sharmin Rumpa, a second year student of English department of the university in front of the varsity’s Satmasjid road campus in Dhanmondi area of the capital yesterday. Star Mail Photo

The detective branch (DB) of police yesterday detained a ‘friend’ of Stamford University (SU) student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa, who was found dead in an alley under mysterious circumstances, for interrogation over the death incident.

The detainee was identified as Saikat, who was taken to the Minto Road office of the DB under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.

According to UNB, he said a DB team detained Saikat based on secret information. However, details of the detainee were not provided.

Meanwhile, the SU students demonstrated on the varsity’s Dhanmondi and Siddheshwari campuses in the capital for the second day in protest against Rumpa’s death. They brought out a procession and formed a "human chain".

According to the students, Rumpa was murdered, but even three days after the incident, the authorities have not been able to reach a conclusion. Whoever is involved in the murder must be brought to book, they say.

The protesters urged students of other universities to spread the movement to every university campus.

They demanded that security and safety of every woman and student be ensured.

Addressing the human chain, student leaders said they are not ready to accept the unnatural death of Rumpa. They want death sentence for the culprits. Such brutal killings will continue, if there is no exemplary punishment for the offenders, they said.

SU student Saiful Islam Masum said from the beginning, it seems there is an attempt to divert people's attention. Such an attempt was made even in the Nusrat murder case of Feni. Rumpa's murder should not be overlooked.

Rumpa, 21, was a second-year student of SU’s English Department. She was the daughter of police inspector, Rukan Uddin. She used to stay with her mother and younger brother at Shantibag.

Mystery over the death still remains, as law enforcers have not yet reached a definite conclusion whether it is a murder or suicide. Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Ramna police station, said Rumpa did not stay where they found her body. She used to stay at Shantibag, so naturally the suspicion is strong that Rumpa was a victim of murder. But that too is evidence-based.

“It is not yet certain whether Rumpa was brought here after the murder, or was thrown from a building or jumped from the top to commit suicide. We collected CCTV footage from the neighbourhood. But it was not of any help. The footage did not match the incident. We are trying to know the facts. We have not arrested anyone, but we questioned some persons. Hopefully, the whole thing will be clear very soon," he added.

Sources say Rumpa had met her ex-boyfriend, Abdur Rahman Saikat, on the day she died, but it was for a short while and he left. Saikat said that he saw on the social media and TV channels that Rumpa was no more. He does not think she took her own life for a break-up that happened 8-9 months ago. However, parents of Rumpa do not believe that their daughter would commit suicide.

Nahida Akther, mother of Rumpa, said her daughter did not commit suicide. She knew her daughter well. Rumpa hated suicide. She always loved to laugh and be among friends. Meanwhile, Rumpa’s burial rites were completed at her ancestral home in Mymensingh on Friday. Her father Rukan Uddin said they knew that there was no reason for Rumpa to commit suicide.

He mentioned that the students of her university used to get together for "group study". She may have had a dispute with someone about this. It is not known whether she had any other problem. Rumpa’s family claimed that it was murder. But they will be happy if the government reveals the mystery of her death. The police said they will get a clue within two or three days after the autopsy report is received. The forensic department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital said it will provide the forensic report within two or three days.

Sohel Mahmud, head of the Dhaka Medical College forensic medicine department, said they will give the initial report to the police within a short time.

“We will mention what we observed at the time of autopsy,” he added.

However, he said that to get the whole autopsy report, it will take time. "We felt she might have been raped but have not received the full details yet. The body was sent to a forensic specialist for further examination. The forensic details were collected keeping this in mind."

On Wednesday night, the police found the body of Rumpa in an alley off Siddheswari Circular Road, behind the Ayesha Complex opposite the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters at Malibagh.

She died after falling from a building, locals presume, as they heard a thud before finding her lying on the street. Rumpa left home empty-handed, even without her mobile phone, and wore a flip-flop, said her uncle who suspects that she had been murdered and friends might have been involved in it.

 

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