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US, France call for justice for Abrar

  • Published at 11:47 am October 10th, 2019
A wall graffiti on the wall that depicts justice for Abrar Fahad, the student of Buet who was brutally beaten to death in his own campus Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The embassy issued an official Facebook post

The United States and France have expressed deep shock at the murder of Abrar Fahad, a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), and called for justice.

“I am shocked and saddened by the killing of Buet student Abrar Fahad,” US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller said in a statement posted on the embassy’s Facebook page on Thursday.

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"Freedom of expression is a fundamental right in any democracy. We join all voices asking for a full investigation and offer heartfelt condolences to his family,” he said.

The French Embassy in Dhaka, in a statement on posted on its Facebook page, also said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the killing of a Buet student.”  

"We extend our heartiest #sympathy to the bereaved family members and friends of the student. We hope that the killers will be brought quickly under justice,” it said.

Abrar, a second year EEE student at Buet, was murdered by some leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Buet unit inside the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall early Monday.

The Chhatra League leaders, several of whom have already been arrested, are accused of beating Abrar to death for his alleged involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir.

‘Diplomats statements uncalled for’

Meanwhile, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said statements from the foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Abrar Fahad murder were uncalled for, reports UNB.

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Addressing a program in Dhaka, he said: “Do they express concern when students get shot to death at school in the United States?”

“The killing of Buet student Abrar is our internal matter. Any comment from foreign diplomats is uncalled for,” he said, adding: “I’m concerned over hundreds of students being killed every year in the US.”

On Wednesday, the UN, the UK and Germany had also strongly condemned the brutal murder, and stressed the need for ensuring the right to free speech in Bangladesh.