DU rally demands probe into student’s “mysterious” death

Sun Online Desk

24th May, 2021 06:56:28 PM printer

DU rally demands probe into student’s “mysterious” death

A rally to protest against the death of Dhaka University student Hafizur Rahman was held on the campus on Monday.

The body of Hafizur, who went missing over a week ago, was found at the Dhaka Medical College morgue on Sunday. He was a student of DU’s Information Science and Library Management Department.

Students from his 2015-16 session staged a protest rally at the base of the Raju memorial sculpture on Monday demanding a proper investigation to uncover what they said Hafizur’s mysterious death.  

They urged the university authorities to file a lawsuit on the death. They said friends who were believed to be with Hafizur during the last week should also be interrogated.  

Addressing the rally General Secretary of Dhaka University Chhatra League Saddam Hussain said “Let the University students know the truth otherwise Chhatra League will continue their movement."

"The university authorities failed to show their professionalism,” he alleged.

Miftahul Islam Pantho, Office Secretary of Dhaka University Chhatra League,

Tahmina Akter Labonno, a student of Islamic Studies Department said, "We want to know whether Hafizur's death was a murder or suicide."

Miftahul Islam Pantho, Office Secretary of Dhaka University Chhatra League, also spoke.

Friends of Hafizur Rahman, and leaders of Socio-cultural organizations of TSC expressed their solidarity with protest.

 Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman expressed deep condolence and urged law enforcement agencies to investigate properly over this death.

"A full report has to be filed immediately after investigating Hafizur's 'unnatural' death," a DU press release quoting the VC said on Monday.

The VC also instructed the university proctor to provide a report to the university authority over the incident.

 Hafizur's family members and friends claimed that he came to Dhaka from his village home in Brahmanbaria the day after Eid last Saturday.

He informed his family about his arrival over phone. But from that night onwards his family found the phone switched off.

When his family was unable to locate his whereabouts even after searching for him, they filed a general diary (GD)  at Kasba police station.

Later, the news of his disappearance was reported to Shahbagh Police Station.
Receiving a notification, Shahbagh police contacted the family after suspecting that the body kept in the morgue could be Hafizur’s.

Hafizur's elder brother Habibur Rahman went to Shahbagh Police Station and identified the body.

Meanwhile, many of Hafizur’s friends and DU students mourned his death through social media, including Facebook.