A former Khulna University professor died after falling under a train when he was trying to get on the moving Betna Express at the Khulna Railway Station yesterday morning.
Prof Md Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, 66, was a teacher at the university’s soil, water and environment discipline.
The incident took place around 6:30am when the elderly teacher lost his balance after stepping on the train and fell into the gap between the train and the platform, said Foyzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Khulna Railway Police Station (GRP).
The professor was a little late to arrive the station, and as such, had to run after the Benapole-bound train before jumping on board, the police official said.
Sheikh Ashraf Uzzaman, secretary general of the Greater Khulna Development Sangram Coordination Committee, told The Daily Star that they had been demanding reconstruction of the platform as the carriages rest unevenly higher than the surface of the platform, making it difficult for children and elderly passengers to board a train.
The station was “modernised” last year and passengers started complaining of the problem immediately after its inauguration, Ashraf said.
Manik Chandra Sarker, station master at Khulna Railway Station, admitted that there is a design fault in the platform and they had informed the authorities concerned about it.
Professor Mizanur started his career at Khulna University (KU) in June 1994 and retired on January 30 this year.
He served as a member of various bodies, including the syndicate and academic council, and served as the dean of biological science discipline.
He left his wife, two daughters and many well-wishers to mourn his death.
The deceased was taken to KU mosque yesterday noon where many teachers, students, officials and staff participated in his namaz-e-janaza.
Later, his body was sent to his village home in Munshiganj for a funeral.