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9 KUET students suspended over teacher’s death

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 4th December, 2021 02:48:38 PM
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9 KUET students suspended over teacher’s death

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) authorities have suspended its nine students over the death of a teacher of the university.

The decision was taken from the 76th meeting of the university syndicate on December 3, said a press release issued by the KUET on Saturday.

The suspended students are Sadman Nahian Sejan and Md Riaz Khan Niloy of Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Md Tahamidul Haque Ishraq and Mahmudul Hasan of Civil Engineering (CE), Md Sadman Shakib and ASM Ragib Ahsan Munna of Department of Leather Engineering (LE),  Mohammad Kamruzzaman and Faisal Ahmed Rifat of Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Md Naimur Rahman Antu of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department.

After scrutinising CCTV footage and other information, the syndicate has decided at the meeting to suspend the students for breaching discipline and code of conduct, added the release.

Dr Mohammad Selim Hossain, a teacher of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering department at the university, died allegedly due to mental torture and harassment of Chhatra League members.

Prof Selim, 38, was also the provost of Lalan Shah Hall.

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) was declared closed till December 13 amid tension gripping the campus over the death of a teacher of the university on Friday.

According to faculty members of the university, Prof Selim died hours after some Chhatra League activists led by Sadman Nahyan Sejan, general secretary of Kuet Chhatra League, allegedly confined the teacher to his office and mentally tortured him to accept their choice as dining manager of Lalan Shah Hall for December.

CCTV footage from outside teacher's office room showed several students, belonging to Sadman’s group, led him to his room around 12:30 pm on Tuesday. They were seen leaving the room at the EEE building after 30 minutes.

During this confinement the teacher was allegedly subjected to abuses, humiliation and threat, his colleagues said.

Meanwhile, Professor Selim's family members said that the teacher reached his residence near the campus around 2:00 pm after the incident on Tuesday and went to the washroom. Finding he was not coming out for long, they broke open the bathroom door and found him unconscious, and took him to Khulna Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

Following the incident, the teachers' union on Thursday boycotted academic activities demanding the accused students’ permanent expulsion from the university through a fair investigation.