'I swear to god, it never occurred to me that someone could be beaten such a way'
It was around 2am on Monday. Laying on a quilt, Abrar was groaning in pain. His hands were cold after being beaten black and blue by some Chhatra League activists.
At that time, Meftahul Islam Zion, a Chhatra League activist told: “He [Abrar] is play-acting.”
He had come to the ground floor to get some food after studying, and saw Abrar groaning.
“I could not save his life. Forgive me, brother. All of you, forgive me. I could not save him even though I saw him alive,” he said weeping.
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Listening to his description of Abrar’s dying moment, demonstrators were moved to tears at Buet on Wednesday.
Arafat, another student of the hall, also saw Abrar when he came down for some food.
He thought someone collapsed on the ground after feeling dizzy. He said Abrar’s hand was cold to touch.
“I swear to god, it never occurred to me that someone could be beaten such a way,” Arafat said.
Abrar hands and feet were freezing, his shirt, trousers, and the quilt were all bloody, he said.
“There was foaming in the corners of his [Abrar’s] mouth,” Arafat said, adding: “I pumped his chest to to bring him back to life. I pressed his hand. I told everyone around to call a doctor. Then the doctor came and announced that he died 15 minutes ago.”
Arafat too was crying while narrating the events that unfolded that night and said: “If I would have gone downstairs three to four minutes ago, I could save the boy’s [Abrar] life. I could not sleep for even for three hours over the last three days, in remorse of those three minutes.”