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No protests in Buet till Monday

  • Published at 11:31 pm October 12th, 2019
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A student paints grafitti on a wall of the Dhaka University campus on Saturday, October 12, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The students took the decision after considering the suffering of admission seekers, and their guardians

Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have suspended their protest programs, over the death of Abrar Fahad, till Monday, October 14, so that the admission test for the university can proceed smoothly on the day.

The students took the decision after considering the suffering of admission seekers, and their guardians.

Md Sayem, a fourth year student of the Buet electrical and electronic engineering (EEE) department, made the announcement on behalf of protesting students in front of Buet Shaheed Minar yesterday afternoon.

He added that the students would provide assistance to all admission seekers, and their guardians during the examination.

Sayem also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direct supervision of the Abrar Fahad murder issue.

"Buet authorities, who were slow earlier, are now active due to our PM’s direction, and intervention," he said.

Furthermore, Sayem thanked Buet Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Saiful Islam for sitting with the students on Friday, and making clear his stance on the issue.

As the authorities are working to implement five of the student’s 10-point demands, the protesting students want to believe the authorities will not break their pledges, Sayem said.

After a meeting with the VC on Friday evening, the students demanded immediate implementation of five of their demands, including the expulsion of the accused persons named in the charge sheet in the Abrar Fahad murder case, bearing of all expenses for the case and trial by the Buet administration, and compensation for the family of the victim, the banning of student politics on the campus, and sealing off the offices of student political bodies, and ousting those who are illegally occupying hall seats.

The Buet authorities have already issued notices, meeting the last two demands among the aforementioned five.

Abrar Fahad, a second year student of EEE department, was tortured to death by some leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Buet unit. The murder took place inside the university's Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of Monday, October 7. Students of Buet have been protesting to demand for justice for Abrar, every day since his death.

Ousting of illegal tenants from residential halls 

The Buet authorities yesterday issued a written statement saying that they would start an eviction drive against illegal tenants, and seal off all offices of student organizations on campus.

The statement, signed by acting registrar Dr Md Saidur Rahman, was published on the university's website.

According to the notice, strict disciplinary measures will be taken against any student who attempts to carry out organizational politics in the campus.

Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university, where Abrar was a tenant, yesterday issued a statement asking illegal occupants of term nine (Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning), and term eleven (Architecture) to leave the hall by 12pm today.

Earlier on September 14, the Buet administration asked all illegal occupants, and outsiders to leave the halls by September 21. However, the instructions were not followed.

Maximum punishment if ragging, torture allegations proven

The Buet authorities yesterday said students would face the maximum punishment if allegations of ragging or torture against them are proven to a disciplinary committee.

The statement, signed by acting registrar Dr Md Saidur Rahman, and published on the university's website, also said those named in the case over Abrar Fahad's murder have been temporarily suspended from the university with immediate effect.

After the probe report of the ongoing investigation is submitted, the guilty will be permanently expelled from the university, following the approval of the university syndicate, pursuant to the decision by the disciplinary board, the statement added.

It also said, anyone who is found guilty by the court would be expelled from the institution.

Another notice said, the Buet administration would bear all expenses for Abrar's case and trial, as well as provide compensation to his family. A separate statement said the Buet administration has officially banned student politics, and all political activities by students on the campus.

Yet another notice said a web-based platform will be established to expose all incidents of bullying, and harassment on the university's campus. Students can submit a complaint form with their accounts of ragging, through the platform.

A committee will be constituted to monitor the platform, and handout punishments to culprits, the statement added.

The Buet administration has also decided to implement 24/7 CCTV monitoring of all wings of all floors in each dormitory of the university.

Buet Chhatra League president and secretary’s hall rooms sealed off

The Buet authorities have sealed off three rooms of Chhatra League members, as a part of its decision to ban student politics.

Three rooms at two separate residential halls of the institution were sealed off yesterday, Buet Director of Student Welfare (DSW) Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune.

Room 121 at Ahsan Ullah Hall was sealed off by the university authority, as it was used as an office by Chhatra League members for their political activities.

Chhatra League Buet unit President Jami-Us-Sany's room, room 321 at the aforementioned residential hall, is put under lock and key.

Furthermore, room number 3012 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall -- the room of Chhatra League Buet unit General Secretary Mehedi Hasan Rasel -- has also been sealed off.

Rasel has been detained by police in connection with the murder of Abrar Fahad.

Total of 19 arrested so far

The Detective Branch of Police yesterday arrested Moaz Abu Huraira, an accused in the Abrar murder case, from Dhaka's Uttara area.

With the arrest of Moaz, a student of the 17th batch of the EEE department of Buet, the total number of arrests stand at 19.

Following Abrar's murder, his father filed a murder case against 19 people- all Buet students-with Chawkbazar police station on Monday, October 7.