Suspended JnU student missing for 5 days

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:16, Oct 30,2020 | Updated: 14:22, Nov 03,2020


A Jagannath University student suspended for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam and Prophet Muhammad on Facebook has been missing for five days.

Tithy Sarker, a third-year student of zoology at the university, has remained untraced since Sunday morning after she went out to visit the Pallabi police station and then a Durga Puja mandap, said family members.

Tithy’s sister Smriti Rani Sarker filed a general dairy with the Pallabi police station on Tuesday about her going missing.

The police station’s officer-in-charge Kazi Wazed Ali said that they were searching for the girl but were yet to trace her.

Earlier on 23 October, some screen shots of Facebook comments on Islam and Prophet Muhammad made by Tithy Sarker went viral on social media, which drew sharp criticisms in which netizens condemned the remarks. 

The OC said that that Tithy on that day filed a general diary with the Pallabi police station that her Facebook account was hacked.

The hacker was making derogatory remarks about religion on Facebook pages and in groups using her account, the GD added.

JnU registrar Wahiduzzaman on Monday issued the order suspending Tithy Sarker, asking her to explain within 10 days why she would not be expelled from the university permanently.

Besides, a three-member probe committee has been formed, headed by Business Faculty dean Professor Dr Muniruzzaman, to investigate the allegation within next three weeks.

Smriti Rani said that Tithy had lived in a mess near the university but had been staying in her sister’s house at Uttar Kalshi of Pallabi since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Police had visited the house and asked Tithy to visit the police station. The cellphone connection was also suspended following the incident, she said.

Tithy went out on Sunday morning to visit the police station and then a Durga Puja mandap but has been missing ever since, her family said.

The Pallabi police station said that they informed the police headquarters and other police stations of the missing incident.

University proctor Mostafa Kamal said that they were yet to be informed by the family of their student’s going missing.

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