Abrar was clubbed to death by BCL’s Buet unit leaders nearly two years ago
A Dhaka court has once again indicted 25 people accused in the murder case of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman also gave the three-absconding accused to surrender before the court by September 14.
The state moved for a reindictment on Wednesday saying that some parts of the case were missing when charges were first framed, Public Prosecutor Abu Abdullah Bhuiyan told the media.
He added that a new date for the accused to surrender has been set as the defence refused to recall witnesses.
The court was originally scheduled to hear arguments before the state’s petition.
As many as 47 depositions have been recorded in the case after the court indicted 25 accused on September 15, 2020.
The investigators had filed the name of 60 witnesses and 21 pieces of evidence with the court in the charge-sheet.
Last year in January, the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate transferred the case to Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court. The case was then transferred to Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1.
On Nov 13, 2019, the Detective Branch of Police charged 25 people over the murder. Of them, 22 accused are now in jail and three have been absconding since the incident took place.
According to the police, during the probe, it was revealed that 11 people directly took part in the killing while the rest of the 14 were involved in some way or the other.
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, 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.
Among them, Jisan, Rafid and Tanim are yet to be arrested.
On Oct 7, 2019 a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Buetunit leaders and activists clubbed Abrar to death allegedly for his social media post criticising the Bangladesh-India deal on sharing the Feni River water.
Abrar's father filed a murder case against 19 people with the capital's Chawkbazar police the day of the murder.
The killing triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Amid the protests, Buet authorities on October 11 banned all political activities on the campus and suspended 19 students accused in the case.