Photos of conversations on Messenger app reveal how Chhatra League’s Buet unit planned the gruesome assault on Abrar Fahad
The leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League unit in Buet had devised the plan to beat up Abrar Fahad on October 5 – a day before they would act on the plan that would kill Abrar.
Photos of conversations in two groups on Facebook Messenger app, which Dhaka Tribune obtained on Thursday, reveal that the Chhatra League leaders had planned to drive Abrar out of his dormitory, Sher-e-Bangla hall.
Abrar, a second-year electrical and electronic engineering student at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), died from internal injuries in the early hours of October 7, after he was severely beaten by several leaders and activists of the ruling party student front’s Buet unit for at least four hours.
The online groups were used for communication between Chhatra League Buet unit leaders and its leaders and activists in Sher-e-Bangla hall from the university’s Batches 15, 16 and 17.
Dhaka Tribune has not been able to independently verify the authenticity of the photos. Police have said they are scrutinizing the photos for authenticity.
The photos of the conversation in one of the groups, named “SBHSL 15+16,” show that Mehedi Hasan Robein, who was Buet unit organizing secretary before he, along with 10 others, were expelled from Chhatra League, sending out messages at 12:47pm on October 5, instructing the Batch 16 members to beat Abrar up and drive him out of the dormitory.
Robein, who is a Batch 15 mechanical engineering student at Buet, also wrote to his juniors: “[I] have told you before [to do this]. But you guys don’t seem to pay heed. Told you to check Shibir connection [of Abrar].”
As Moniruzzaman Monir, a Batch 16 water resources engineering student, and one other member said okay, Robein gave them two days to get the job done.
Then Robein asked them to talk to Batch 16 student Mizan, saying he would be able to give more info about Abrar’s supposed Shibir connection.
On October 6, in the other group named “16+17 Sbhsl,” Monir sent out a message at 7:52pm, telling the members to go downstairs.
Two members named Shahin and Shakhawat immediately responded yes.
The CCTV footage of Sher-e-Bangla hall at 8:13pm shows Abrar being taken from his room to Room 2011 by Chhatra League members Ehtasamul Rabbi Tanim, Billah, Ovi, Robein, Meftahul Islam Zion and Anick Sarker.
At 12:38am on October 7, one of the members in 16+17 Sbhsl group asked if Abrar was in the hall.
Two members named Abu Nowshed Sakib and Shamsul said he was in Room 2011.
Room 2011 was the dorm room of Amit Saha, deputy legal secretary of Chhatra League Buet unit, one of the suspects in Abrar’s murder who went into hiding as soon as the news broke out, and was detained on Thursday.
One of the photos show a conversation between Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, another accused, and supposedly Amit, who asked Ifti, at 1:26am on October 7, if Abrar had been confronted.
When Ifti said yes, Amit asked: “Ber korsos [Did you get it out?]”
Ifti asked if he was referring to Abrar’s confession or him being driven out of the dormitory. Amit replied that Abrar should be driven out if he confessed to having links with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student front of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Ifti immediately replied that they had gotten carried away with the beating, and Abrar might be dying.
In reply, Amit nonchalantly said: “Oh but he can by kicked out legally.”
Ifti is one of the 16 Chhatra League members in Buet who were arrested as accused in Abrar murder case. He confessed to his involvement in the gruesome killing before a judicial magistrate in Dhaka on Thursday.
When contacted regarding the photos, Additional Commissioner Abdul Baten of Detective Branch, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told Dhaka Tribune: “We are scrutinizing all information that we have gathered so far regarding the murder. The online messaging group conversations are also being scrutinized.”
Earlier on Thursday, DMP Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam told reporters that Amit Saha had been indirectly involved with Abrar’s fatal torture.
“We have spoken to many people about this murder. After primary investigation, we have learnt that, while Amit had not physically present at the scene, he did have some involvement.”