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Buet students swear to be vocal against repression

  • Published at 02:39 pm October 16th, 2019
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Buet students take oath at Buet auditorium on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

They also vowed to eradicate terrorism and communalism from the campus

Several hundred students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have taken a mass oath to be vocal against repression.

Rafia Rizwana, a second year student of Mechanical Engineering department, conducted the oath at the university auditorium around 1pm on Wednesday.

They also vowed to eradicate terrorism and communalism from the campus.

“In the Buet arena, we won't let any more loss of lives. No innocent student will be victims of torture in the name of ragging. We will ensure it all together,” swore the students during the oath-taking program.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saiful Islam, acting director of Directorate of Student’s Welfare (DSW) Prof Dr Mohammed Abdul Bashit, and provosts of all the eight halls took the oath along with the students. 

Vice Chancellor of Buet Prof Dr Saiful Islam takes oath at Buet auditorium on Wednesday, October 16, 2019|Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneThe teachers, however, did not take part in the oath, instead were sitting in the front rows of the auditorium during the oath.

Before taking the oath, the teachers and students observed a one-minute silence remembering Abrar Fahad, who was brutally murdered allegedly by some activists of Chhatra League inside the Sher-e-Bangla hall on the night of October 6.

The oath-taking program came following days of protest by Buet students demanding justice for their fellow Abrar Fahad.

Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, an EEE student and one of the protesters, said: “I would like to thank the prime minister, and also the Buet administration for complying with our demands and moving towards their implementation. The field level movement ends with this oath, but we will continue to monitor the 10-point demands.”

After the ceremony, Buet VC Saiful Islam told journalists that the decision of expulsion of the accused from the university will be taken after receiving the report of the inquiry committee.

Holding a press briefing in front of the Buet Shaheed Minar on Tuesday evening, students called off their protest and announced taking the mass oath.

However, they refused to attend any academic activities till the suspects of Abrar Fahad murders are expelled from the university.

The protest has been suspended as the law enforcement agencies and Buet administration took necessary steps to meet the 10-point demands of the students.

A representative of the protesters said they had received a notice from the Buet authorities regarding the suspension of the murder suspects, and an assurance that they will be expelled if found guilty.

On October 11, the vice chancellor announced a ban on student politics on the campus. Till date 20 people have been arrested in connection to Abrar's murder.