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Police charge 25 Buet students with Abrar murder

  • Published at 01:03 pm November 13th, 2019

23 of them include former and current leaders and activists of Chhatra League

Police on Wednesday submitted a charge sheet against 25 students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) — most of them, Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists — in a case filed over the killing of the university’s student Abrar Fahad.

Case investigation officer (IO) Md Wahiduzzaman, also inspector of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch, submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court around 12:30pm.

Addressing a press briefing in the DMP Media Centre, Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said 11 of the accused were directly involved in beating Abrar in several phases to death in Room No 2011 of Buet’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall between 10pm on October 6 and 2:30am October 7.

The other 14 were indirectly involved in the incident, either by aiding, abetting or planning Abrar’s torture, and one of them was present at the place of occurrence, he added.

The police official said they arrived at these conclusions after interrogating the hall staff, night guard and other students, scrutinizing the CCTV camera footage and technological and other evidence during investigation.He said Chhatra League men’s suspicion that Abrar was involved with Jamaat-e-Islami's student front Islami Chhatra Shibir was “one of the reasons” they beat him, leading to his death.

Monirul also said they were expecting the highest punishment for all the accused.

The 25 accused

Mehedi Hasan Rasel, civil engineering 13th batch student and general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Buet unit; Muhtasim Fuad, civil engineering 14th batch student and vice-president of Buet Chhatra League; Anick Sarker, mechanical engineering 15th batch student and information and research affairs secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Mehedi Hasan Robein, chemical engineering 15th batch student and organizing secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Ifti Mosharraf Shakal, biomedical engineering 16th batch student and deputy social welfare secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Moniruzzaman Monir, water resources engineering 16th batch student and literature secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna, mechanical engineering 15th batch student and publication affairs secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Meftahul Islam Zion, naval architecture and marine engineering 15th batch student and sports secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Mazedur Rahman, materials and metallurgical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Muzahidur Rahman, electrical and electronic engineering 16th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Khandaker Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir, mechanical engineering 16th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Hossain Mohammad Toha, mechanical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Morsheduzzaman Zisan, electrical and electronic engineering 16th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Md Akash Hossain, civil engineering 16th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Md Shamim Billah, naval architecture and marine engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; ASM Nazmus Sadat, mechanical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, civil engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Morshed Amartya Islam, mechanical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Moaz Abu Huraira, electrical and electronic engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Muntasir Alam Jemy, mechanical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Amit Saha, civil engineering 16th batch student and deputy legal affairs secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Mujtaba Rafid, chemical engineering 16th batch student and deputy office secretary of Buet Chhatra League; Shamsul Arefin Rafat, mechanical engineering 17th batch student and member of Buet Chhatra League; Mizanur Rahman, water resources engineering 16th batch student and Abrar’s roommate; and SM Mahmud Setu, chemical engineering 14th batch student.

Out of the 25, only six — Munna, Amit, Mizanur, Shamsul, Mujtaba and Setu — were not named in the first information report (FIR) filed after second-year EEE student Abrar Fahad’s brutal murder, said DMP official Monirul.

“Names of these six came to light during investigation,” he said.

Of the total accused, four — Zisan, Tanim, Morshed, and Mujtaba — are still on the run, while the 21 others are behind bars.

Eight of them — Robein, Anick, Ifti, Monir, Zion, Muzahidur, Nazmus, and Tanvir — have already confessed in court to their involvement in the murder — which had shocked the nation and sparked countrywide protests.

Their accounts had offered a disturbing insight into how Abrar was beaten with cricket stumps and skipping ropes for hours before his eventual death.

File photo: CCTV camera shows Abrar Fahad being carried out by Tanim, Moaz and Jemy in hall premises | CollectedIn the face of severe backlash, Chhatra League central committee had expelled Mehedi, Fuad, Robein, Anick, Zion, Monir, Ifti, Jemy, Tanim, Muzahidur and Mujtaba from the organization.

105-page charge sheet

According to court sources, in the 105-page charge sheet, the case’s IO Md Wahiduzzaman mentioned names of 60 people as prosecution witnesses, 21 pieces of evidence and four seizure lists.

The DB official also said he recorded statements of 33 people under Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure during investigation.

Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Kaisarul Islam also fixed November 18 for the IO to submit the investigation report in court after the police official failed to file it on Wednesday as scheduled.

File photo of Abrar Fahad | Collected

Abrar, 22, was found dead on a staircase of Buet’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7, after he was taken to the dormitory’s Room No 2011 around 8pm on October 6 and beaten mercilessly by Chhatra League men late into the night.

Abrar’s father Barkat Ullah filed the murder case at Chawkbazar Police Station against 19 people, mostly leaders, and activists of Buet Chhatra League unit.

Amid students’ protest, the university on October 11 banned all political activities on campus and suspended the 19 students accused in the case.