A modern-day Romeo and Juliet | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:37 AM, August 11, 2018

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet

A youth took his own life by jumping under a train in Kushtia on Thursday night after his girlfriend of several years ended her life only an hour and a half earlier at her house in Jhenidah.

Both of them completed their Master's from Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia this year in Finance and Banking.

The young woman, Muntahina Ashraf Hena, 25, hanged herself in her room in Jhenidah town around 7:00pm.

Hearing the news, her boyfriend, Roknuzzaman, 25, who lived in Peyaratola of Kushtia town, went to Jagati area on the outskirts of the town and jumped under a Goalondo-bound train around 8:30pm.

Roknuzzaman's roommate Mehedi Hassan Ujjal, who was also his classmate at IU, said Roknuzzaman, son of farmer Alef Ali from Chuadanga town, was a bright student who scored highest CGPAs in both Honours and Master's exams.

Muntahina, who had a 3.5 CGPA in her Master's, might have committed suicide as her father, Prof Muhammad Ashraful Alam, chairman of Al-Hadith and Islamic studies department at IU, had been opposing the marriage between his daughter and Roknuzzaman, Mehedi added.

Ratan Ali Sheikh, officer-in-charge (OC) of IU Police Station, said upon request from her family, Muntahina's body was handed over to them without autopsy.   

OC Abdul Aziz of Poradah GRP said they also handed over Roknuzzaman's body to his family without post mortem.

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