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12:00 AM, December 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:16 AM, December 15, 2019

Rumpa’s Death: Evidence of rape not found

Says doctor

The autopsy on the body of Stamford University student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa found no sign of rape, said a forensic doctor who conducted the autopsy.

Sohel Mahmud, chief of the forensic department at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, made the disclosure after receiving a preliminary post-mortem report yesterday.

“We have received the microbiological report which did not find any signs of rape,” said Mahmud.

The preliminary report will be handed over to investigators today, he added.

“Two other reports are pending. We will submit the full autopsy report after talking to the investigation officers, considering the overall circumstance.”

He added the full report would determine whether it was murder or suicide.

Rumpa, 22, a second-year student of the English department, was found dead in an alley behind Ayesha Shopping Complex on December 4. Police learned her identity the next day.

Investigators are waiting for the forensic report and other circumstantial evidence in order to reach a conclusion over the death.

The Detective Branch (DB) of police collected several footages of the 11-storey Ayesha Shopping Complex and its surrounding areas to track Rumpa’s whereabouts hours before her death.

After conducting her autopsy on December 5, Mahmud told reporters that Rumpa’s hands, legs, waist and spinal cord were fractured.

After primary interrogation, police learned that Rumpa was in a relationship with Abdur Rahman Saikat, 22, a former student of the university, which recently took a turn for the worse. They met outside Stamford campus in Siddeshwari area around 4:00pm that day and had an argument, which led to Saikat breaking off the relationship, police say.

Investigators said Rumpa had visited the 11-storey building around 5:00pm that day as one of her school friends lives there on the fourth floor. During the visit, Rumpa shared her frustrations over her relationship with Saikat and cried, said police, quoting the friend.

On December 6, police found sandal prints on an edge of Ayesha Shopping Complex’s rooftop.

Different agencies are investigating the murder case filed with Ramna Police Station. The case was transferred to DB on December 7.

On December 8, Rumpa’s friend Saikat was arrested and placed on a four-day remand in connection with the incident.

Saikat was a BBA student at Stamford University. But after one semester, he transferred to a college under National University because of a family crisis, he claimed to this newspaper before his arrest.

Police are yet to say whether it is a murder or a case of suicide.

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