Body formed to probe student’s mysterious death in CMC hostel room

Published November 27, 2021
The student was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her room in the hostel at the Chandka Medical College on Wednesday. — AFP/File
The student was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her room in the hostel at the Chandka Medical College on Wednesday. — AFP/File

LARKANA: Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) has constituted a five-member fact-finding committee to probe mysterious death of Nosheen Kazmi, a fourth year student of MBBS, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her room in the hostel at the Chandka Medical College on Wednesday. He father has, meanwhile, rejected the preliminary autopsy report.

The committee, comprising Prof Dr Safdar Ali Shaikh (head), dean of faculty of basic sciences; and members Prof Dr Basheer Ahmed Shaikh, chairman of the department of medicine; Prof Dr Rasheed Ahmed Pathan, forensic medicine; Dr Anop Kumar, assistant professor of psychiatry Asghar Ali Bhutto, deputy director of human resources (convener), was tasked to submit its findings within five days, said a notification issued on Friday.

Nosheen’s father Hidayatullah Shah Kazmi, accompanied by his brother Syed Fida Hussain Kazmi, called on SSP Imran Qureshi and reportedly expressed satisfaction over the ongoing investigation by police but rejected the preliminary post-mortem report.

The SSP assured them of conducting a thorough probe into the woman’s death and said that the investigation team would focus on the causes that led to the death. The victim’s family had requested police to interview her closest friends, he said.

Victim’s father rejects preliminary autopsy report

“My daughter looked very happy while leaving home for the college,” said the father.

The Kazmi brothers said that Nosheen was a religious person who could not even think of committing suicide. “We are waiting for chemical report and will go for legal action in the light of its findings. If anyone is found responsible we will register case against him,” they said.

The father said in a video statement his daughter was an intelligent student who would study for 18 hours on end almost daily. He demanded judicial inquiry into her daughter’s death and said it was not the first incident of a student’s death at the same university but no action had been taken against anyone to stop the tragic deaths.

Meanwhile, CMC students, activists of political parties and members of civil society staged a demonstration at the main gate of SSP’s office. They demanded impartial inquiry into the mysterious death of the student and called for including the hostel managers in the investigation.

SUKKUR: Members of All Parties Committee, civil society and rights activists staged a demonstration at Shaheed Allah Bux Park in Jacobabad in protest against the student’s death in mysterious circumstances at CMC hostel.

The protesters’ leaders Shaiban Abro, Najeeb Zehri, Chakar Junejo and others said that earlier Dr Nimarta was also said to have committed suicide at the same hostel. It was strange students of final year were committing suicide, the mysterious deaths called for thorough and impartial investigation, they said.

They warned if police failed in finding the killers as they did in Dr Nimarta’s case, they would take to social media to organise protests across the province.

MIRPURKHAS: Activists of Sindh Peoples Student Federation held a demonstration on Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas road in protest against the mysterious death of Dr Nosheen.

They demanded higher authorities arrest the culprits and award them exemplary punishment.

DADU: The office bearers of Journalist Writers for Truth and Justice demanded at a press conference at local press club that Chief Justices of Supreme Court and Sindh High Court should constitute a joint investigation team to probe the student’s mysterious death.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2021

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