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Abrar murder: Protesters demand death sentence for killers

  • Published at 11:04 am October 8th, 2019
Abrar Protest
Buet students staging protest demanding justice for Abrar's murder on October 8, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

As of now, 10 people have been arrested in connection to the murder

Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have staged demonstration, demanding death sentence for the killers of Abrar Fahad.

Around 500 students brought out a procession in the Dhaka University premises around 10:30am on Tuesday.

The students will hold a press briefing regarding their demands later in the day.

Students stand in front of the old academic building of Buet protesting against the brutal killing of Abrar Fahad by the member s of Chhatra League on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The protesters started gathering inside Sher-e-Bangla hall from early morning. 

Then they took out a procession from the academic building and walked across the campus, passing every residential hall and adjacent streets while chanting slogans demanding justice for Abrar.

The procession then took position in front of the Central Shaheed Minar. They also threatened to block main roads on Wednesday, if Buet Vice Chancellor Prof Saiful Islam does not meet the protesters by 5pm on Tuesday.

Buet students staging protest demanding justice for Abrar's murder on October 8, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The protesters also place a seven-point demand.

The 8-point demand

Highest punishment of killers

Permanent expulsion of identified killers from the university within 72 hours

Ensure justice by settling the cases in the shortest time through a speedy tribunal

Explanation from the VC within 5pm on Tuesday, about why he refrained from being present on the campus even after 30 hours into the incident

Explanation from DSW (Directorate of Students Welfare, Buet) chief on why he fled the crime scene after the incident

Expulsion of students involved with physical and mental abuse of residential students in the name of ragging by October 11

Compensation and bearing of all legal expenses for Abrar’s family by Buet authorities

The students also placed an additional demand of banning student politics on campus.

The demonstrators also threaten to cancel Buet honors admission examinations through massive protests if their demands are not met.

Meanwhile, some 200 police members have been deployed in and around the campus since morning.Buet Shikkhak Samity President Dr AKM Masud said: “The VC has remained absent from the campus during previous crisis situation at the university.

Students protesting after the absentee funeral prayer (Gayebana Janaza) held in front of Raju Memorial in Dhaka univeristy campus on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

“However, it was unexpected that the VC would not visit the campus even after yesterday’s (Monday) incident.”About ragging, he said: “Definitely it should be stopped. We have spoken to the administration several times regarding it, but they did not pay any heed.

At the same time, students of seven affiliated colleges of Dhaka University have expressed solidarity with the ongoing protests at Buet.

Students holding the dummy coffin on their shoulders and protesting after the absentee funeral prayer (Gayebana Janaza) held in front of Raju Memorial in Dhaka univeristy campus on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Abrar, 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 Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Meanwhile, Abrar's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police station on Monday evening.

Later, Bangladesh Chhatra League expelled 11 of its members permanently from the organization for their involvement in Abrar’s murder.

Abrar’s death sparked protest across Bangladesh. The protesters have demanded justice for Abrar and capital punishment for the murderers.

As of now, 10 people have been arrested in connection to the murder.