A Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal on September 15 framed charges against all 25 accused in the case
Two students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on Sunday testified in the case lodged over the murder of its student Abrar Fahad.
Muhtadi Ahnaf Ansari and Mohammad Galib testified as prosecution witnesses (PWs) and were cross-examined by the defence afterwards.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamaruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 adjourned the hearing and fixed Monday for hearing as cross examination of Galib was not completed on Sunday.
As many as 22 prosecution witnesses out of the total 60 have, so far, testified in the case.
The tribunal on September 15 framed charges against all 25 accused in the case.
The tribunal on September 9 had set September 15 to pass the indictment order as both prosecution and defence concluded their part of the hearing on charge framing on that day.
Earlier on November 13, 2019, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court took into cognizance the chargesheet in the case filed by Detective Branch (DB) of police against 25 accused.
The case was later transferred to the speedy trial tribunal, allowing a plea of Abrar’s father.
The 25 accused are– Mehedi Hasan Russel, Anik Sarker, Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, Md Mehedi Hasan Robin, Md Meftahul Islam Jeon, Muntassir Alam Jemmy, Khandaker Tabakkharul Islam Tanvir, Md Muzahidur Rahman, Muhtasim Fuad, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Md Akash Hossain, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Md Mazedul Islam, Shamim Billah, Moaj Abu Hurayra and ASM Nazmus Sadat, Istiak Ahammed Munna, Amit Saha, Md Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, SM Mahmud Setu, Morsheduzzaman Jisan, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, Morshed Amatya Islam, and Mostaba Rafid.
According to the police, of the 25 accused, 11 took part in the gruesome murder directly and the other played role in the crime one way or another. Of those arrested, eight have given confessional statements before the court.
Buet students and the university authorities found the seemingly lifeless body of Abrar, 22, on the first-floor stairs of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where doctors declared him dead around 6:30am on October 7, 2019.
Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of Buet, died after he was brutally beaten by some Chhatra League men at Sher-e-Bangla hall of the university in the early hours of October 7 last year.
Abrar’s father filed the case with Chawkbazar police station against 19.