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Dr Kamal: Student politics should not be affiliated with political parties

  • Published at 12:36 pm October 10th, 2019
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Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain speaks at a press briefing at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday, October 10, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The eminent jurist demands judicial probe into Abrar Fahad’s murder

Condemning the brutal murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad earlier this week, Eminent jurist and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said the country was suffering because of student politics’ affiliation with political parties. 

He also demanded a judicial probe into Abrar’s murder, while speaking at a press briefing at National Press Club in Dhaka. 

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“From the very beginning, we have said that we do not want student bodies to be affiliated with political parties,” he said at the event. “On Friday, the whole country is suffering due to student politics’ affiliation with political parties.”

He further said: "We demand a judicial investigation, comprising eminent and experienced people, who can go to the bottom of the incident. We do not want a traditional investigation, but one in which the facts come out."

File photo of Abrar Fahad CollectedCondemning the way Abrar was murdered, Dr Kamal said: "No human being can beat another human to death like this. Only inhuman people are capable of such a thing.

“Killing a person in such a way for expressing his views is an attack on democracy, and our thousand-year-old culture. It is also against the country, and its constitution,” he said, comparing the murder with an act of sedition.

Among others, Gono Forum leaders Subrata Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed, and Mokabbir Hossain were present at the press conference.

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Buet student Abrar Fahad was beaten to death by Chhatra League leaders at a Buet Hall on Monday. Later on the same day, Abrar's father lodged a case with Chawkbazar police station, accusing 19 people. 

Until now, police have detained 14 people in the murder case. Chhatra League expelled 11 of its members for their involvement with the incident.

Massive protests broke out following Abrar's murder, with students from Buet and other universities holding demonstrations, demanding justice for Abrar and capital punishment for the killers. 

Students of Buet have given the authorities an ultimatum of seven days to ban all political activities of student organizations.