Wednesday, 26 January, 2022
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Prof Selim’s death: Closure of KUET extended again until Jan 6

The closure of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) has been extended again till January 6 amid tension gripping the campus over the unusual death of Prof. Dr Mohammad Selim Hossain.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of KUET syndicate on Thursday night, said spokesperson of KUET’s Public Relations and Information Department Robiul Islam.

Earlier on December 3, the university was declared closed till December 13. Then the closure was extended till December 23 over the death of Prof. Dr Selim allegedly due to mental torture and harassment of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists. The students were asked to leave their residential halls by 4:00 pm on that day.

Besides, a five-member probe committee which was formed over the death will submit its report within 5 working days and then necessary steps will be taken.

KUET Vice-chancellor Dr Kazi Sajjad Hossain presided over the meeting which started 7pm and ended around 9pm

The meeting also decided to open the halls on January 8 and start its classes from January 9.

Considering the situation, the authorities extended the closure of the institution.

Prof Selim, 38, a teacher of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) department at the university, was also the provost of Lalan Shah Hall.

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.

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