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Buet students call off protests, suspension of academic activities to continue

  • Published at 06:10 pm October 15th, 2019
Abrar murder
File photo: A student demands justice for the murder of Abrar Fahad during a protest on Buet campus, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

They, however, refused to attend classes till all the accused in the Abrar murder are expelled from Buet

Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have called off their protests demanding justice for the killing of their fellow student Abrar Fahad.

They, however, refused to attend classes and exams till the accused in the Abrar murder case are expelled after the charge sheet has been filed.

They made the announcement at a press briefing in front of the Buet main gate around 5:30pm Tuesday.

"Although we are primarily calling off the movement, we will follow up depending on whether the Buet administration is implementing our demands properly or not," a representative of the protesters to told reporters at the press briefing.

The students said three of their demands, out of total 10, were linked to law enforcement agencies.

File photo: Students protest demanding complete fulfillment of their 10-point demands, at the Buet campus on Friday, October 11, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

They also said they will take a mass oath to fight against criminal activities, on Wednesday.

The students thanked the law enforcement agencies as many of the suspects have already been arrested and many have given their confessional statements under section 161 and 164 (of The Code Of Criminal Procedure), while many have also been put on remand.

They also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direct supervision in the case, that helped bring speedy progress in the murder case.

Among the rest of the demands placed to Buet authorities, the protesters said they have already seen Buet playing an active role in implementing those.

“We have received notice from Buet on suspension of suspects and assurance that they will be expelled if their involvement is found in the investigation. If new name comes up, they will be expelled too,” said the representative of protesters at the briefing.

File photo: Agitated students of Buet protesting in front of the Shaheed Minar at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology campus in Dhaka on Thursday, October 10, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The assurance also came from Buet that Abrar's family will be financially compensated and Buet will be banning student politics on campus. Illegal boarders are being evicted from the halls too.

Buet has already added a platform so that students can raise their complaints on any sort of abuse, while closed-circuit cameras have already been installed in some halls, and will be installed in others too.

We also requested Buet to appoint a professional administrator to monitor the CCTV cameras, he added.

The protesters, however, said they do not have any relation to some quarters who are trying to use the issue for the sake of their own interest. They also requested people not to get confused because of the agenda of other quarters.

Filre photo: Agitated students protesting in front the old academic building of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on October 11, Buet suspended 19 of its students, who have been shown accused in the Abrar Fahad murder case.

Till date, 20 people have been arrested in connection to Abrar's murder.

What happened to Abrar

Abrar, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the university, was beaten to death in the early hours of October 7.

Some Chhatra League leaders have been accused of beating him for his alleged involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

On the same day, Abrar's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case with Chawkbazar police station.

Abrar’s death sparked protest across Bangladesh. The protesters have demanded justice for Abrar and capital punishment for the murderers.

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