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Abrar murder: BUET protesters place fresh 10-point demand

Authorities given October 15 deadline

Published: October 09, 2019 14:04:20 | Updated: October 10, 2019 12:39:30

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Disgruntled protesters of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have called on the authority to ban student politics in the university as part of a fresh 10-point charter of demands in the wake of second-year EEE student Abrar Fahad’s murder.

Three spokesmen for the demonstrators set out the list of demands at a media briefing on Wednesday after student protesters took position in front of the Central Shaheed Minar for a third day. 

The demands include calls for the withdrawal of the provost of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and the identification and expulsion of the killers from the university within October 11, among others.

The university authority has been given until October 15 to implement the rest of the charter, including payment of compensation to Abrar’s family and the immediate disclosure of a copy of the case’s charge-sheet, says a bdnews24 report.

“If the demands aren’t met within the deadline then all academic activities, including the BUET admission tests will have to be suspended,” said a spokesman for the protesters.

The 10 demands are:

  • Capital punishment for the killers.
  • Identification and expulsion of the killers from the university within 5pm on Oct 11.
  • Fast-tracked trial in a speedy tribunal.
  • Publication of a copy of the charge-sheet in the case.
  • Ban on organisation-based politics in the university by Oct 15.
  • Explanation of the VC’s absence for 30 hours after the incident; the protesters also seek an explanation of the teacher in charge of the Directorate of Students’ Welfare.
  • Expulsion of those involved in torturing students in the name of “ragging” and “suppressing dissent”. Students named over such incidents at Ahsanullah Hall and Suhrawardy Hall must be expelled within Oct 11, the protesters say. 
  • Withdrawal of Sher-e-Bangla Hall provost for his silence over the incidents of driving students out using political powers and his failure to ensure student security.
  • BUET administration must pay for the expenses for the legal battle and compensate Abrar's family.
  • Disclosure of all previous incidents of violence and the establishment of a common platform to regularly review complaints and institute immediate measures.

The body of Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology or BUET, was found on the staircase of his hall if residence in the early hours of Monday.

He was called up from his room at 7:30pm on Sunday, said police, quoting the students of the hall.

An autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital subsequently revealed that Abrar was bludgeoned with blunt objects.

There were numerous injury marks on his hands, feet and back, a doctor said, adding the student died due to internal bleeding.

His death has triggered protests on the BUET and Dhaka University campuses.

His classmates claimed that Bangladesh Chhatra League men beat him to death suspecting his involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir.

BCL's central committee expelled 11 leaders and activists of its BUET unit over the incident.

Footage captured by a closed-circuit camera installed on the residential hall's second floor showed a few people dragging Abrar down the corridor by his hands and feet.

The individuals caught on camera were all junior leaders and activists of the hall's BCL unit, according to some students.

Police have arrested and remanded for five days 10 BCL leaders of the BUET unit. The case shifted to Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch and three more out of the 19 accused in the case were arrested on Tuesday.

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