Students of Rajshahi University (RU) have observed a three-hour siege programme in front of the vice-chancellor's office protesting the abduction of a female student from the university campus.
The agitated students argued that it becomes a grave security concern when a student can be abducted from in front of her dormitory in broad daylight.
They demanded that the the university administration must take the responsibility and find out the whereabouts of the abducted student.
A procession of 300-400 students, mustered out mostly from the women's halls, went in front of the vice-chancellors residence and laid siege to the building around 4pm on Friday, hours after Umme Shahi Ammana Shova, a final-year undergraduate student of the Bangla Department, was abducted allegedly by her estranged husband Sohel Rana from in front of Taposi Rabeya Hall.
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The students suspended their demonstration around 7pm, announcing to resume the siege programme from Saturday morning.
Tamashri Dash, a student of the Bangla Department and general secretary of Bangladesh Students Federation's RU unit, told the Dhaka Tribune that the students would continue the lay siege to programme from Saturday.
Meanwhile, the victim's father, Amzad Hossain, had filed an abduction case in connection with the incident, accusing the victim's estranged husband and several others, confirmed Motihar police station's Officer-in-Charge Mehedi Hasan.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Amzad expressed his discontent over the security standards on the campus. “How can a student be abducted from the varsity campus? The administration is completely responsible for this.”
Rajhshai University Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan, however, tied to give a familial colour to the incident. “This is a familial matter. The uncle of that student is a teacher here. I called him and suggested to resolve the issue within the family. Besides, I have informed the police too. They will take action.”
Proctor Prof Lutfor Rahman said: “Have heard that they (the abducted student and her husband) have been separated for two months. But a divorce does not come into effect before a three-month period. Her husband Sohel Rana was trying to stop the divorce.”
The RU Proctor said Shova was forcefully picked up by her estranged husband and three other unidentified men when she came out of the dormitory to sit for an exam.
According to witnesses, Sohel came to meet Shova in front of the student dormitory on Friday morning when she was heading towards their exam hall.
A heated altercation ensued between the duo as Sohel tried to stop Shova from attending the exam.
At one stage, Sohel with the help of his aides shoved her into a microbus and left the scene.