Even before the country’s people came out of the trauma over the brutal hacking of Khadiza Akhter Nargis by a stalker in Sylhet, a female student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) was mercilessly beaten up on the campus yesterday by two Chittagong University (CU) students during a failed abduction attempt.
The CU students were caught red-handed by SUST teachers and handed over to Jalalabad police station.
The detainees are Kawsar Ahmed, hailed from Paschimbait village under Bohula union of Habiganj Sadar upazila and a student of CU history department, and his younger sister Fahmida Akhter, an IER department student of CU.
The victim is a fourth year student of SUST anthropology department.
The incident took place at a time when students and common people are staging demonstrations across the country protesting the brutal hacking of Khadiza by SUST Chhatra League leader Badrul Alam.
Khadiza is still fighting for her life lying unconscious at the intensive care unit of a Dhaka hospital.
Police sources said, during interrogation, Kawsar said he and the SUST female student lived in the same locality. They were introduced to each other on a Facebook group page and since then an intimate relation had developed between them.
Kawsar lives at Bagbari area in Sylhet.
Campus sources said, Kawsar and Fahmida went to the campus around 12:40pm. Going to her hall, Fahmida brought out the student. The siblings then stubbornly insisted her to ride on the rickshaw with them. As the student refused to follow their order, they started beating her mercilessly in broad daylight.
Sources also said that SUST mathematics department teacher Professor Sajedul Karim, who was passing by them, interfered to save the student. SUST teachers association President Professor Shamsul Alam and acting proctor Professor Rashed Talukder, on information, reached the spot.
On information, Officer in-Charge of Jalalabad PS Akhtar Hossain also reached the campus and the acting proctor handed over the siblings to police. Meanwhile, a number of BCL activists led by SUST BCL leaders Sanjibon Chakrabarti Partho and Abu Sayeed Akhond also reached the spot. They lynched Kawsar snatching him away from the police van.
Several teachers and police personnel were harassed by the BCL activists at that time.
While contacted, confirming the news of Kawsar being lynched, OC Akhtar Hossain said, “A case is being filed against Kawsar under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. The victim’s statement has already been recorded.”
In this regard, SUST acting proctor Rashed said: “We have the video footage of the female student being thrashed. We will take necessary steps after we get the student’s statement.”