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Abrar's father to PM: Please see how my son was killed

  • Published at 04:56 pm October 9th, 2019
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File photo: Barkatullah, Abrar’s father, speaks to reporters at the end of the dua mahfil held for Abrar’s departed soul in front of the Zilla School on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Angry villagers stop Buet VC’s visit to Abrar's home

BarkatUllah, the father of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad, has requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to see the way his child was beaten to death.

“Prime Minister knows how it feels to lose dear ones as she has gone through the same agony. If she (prime minister) sees the way my son was beaten to death, she would make sure that the perpetrators get punished.’’ 

He came up with urge after attending a dua-mahfil held for Abrar’s departed soul in front of the Zilla School in Kushtia Wednesday.

Beseeching the prime minister’s intervention in the case, BarkatUllah said: "I want the criminals to be hanged."

He, however, expressed his happiness over the progress in the case proceeding.

Abrar finished his SSC from the Zilla School in 2015. His classmates organized the duamahfil. 

Responding to a question, he said: “My son had been tortured by many students including one Amit Saha. But, his name did not appear in the complaint."

Abrar Fahad, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the university, was beaten to death on Monday.

Some Chhatra League leaders have been accused of beating him for his alleged involvement with IslamiChhatraShibir, the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami. 

Following the incident, Abrar's father filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police station on Monday evening. 

As of now, 13 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Meanwhile, Buet Vice-Chancellor Prof Saiful Islam faced wrath from angry villagers when he went to visit Abar’s house in Kushtia.

In the afternoon, the VC went to KumarkhaliUpazila’sRaidanga village, the birthplace of Abrar, to offer his sympathies to the family.

He first went to Abrar’s grave and prayed for him. He consoled Abrar’s grandfather Abdul Gafur, father Barkatullah and brother Faiyaz there.

He also offered Fateha at the grave and offered condolences to the family of the victim.

However, Prof Saiful faced massive protests from villagers when he attempted to meet Abrar’s mother at their village house.

Kushtia Deputy Commissioner (DC) Almas Hossain and Superintendent of Police SM Tanvin Arafat were present with the VC during the incident.

VC Prof Saiful was unable to go inside Abrar’s house as the situation went out of control and police had to charge batons to disperse the agitated crowd. 

Later, he left the place without meeting Abrar’s mother.

Meanwhile, Abrar’s brother Faiyaz and four others, including other family members, were reportedly injured during the police action.