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Demo suspended, but students to boycott academic activities till expulsion of Abrar killers

  • Published at 12:33 am October 16th, 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

The protesting students refused to attend classes and exams till the accused in the Abrar murder case are expelled after the charge sheet has been filed

Agitated students of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology [Buet] on Tuesday called off their protest on Tuesday, but refused to attend any academic activities till the suspects of Abrar Fahad murders are expelled from the university.

The protesting students refused to attend classes and exams till the accused in the Abrar murder case are expelled after the charge sheet has been filed.

The Buet students were protesting since October 7 seeking justice for Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of the Buet electrical and electronic engineering department was beaten to death by Chhatra League leaders in the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of the day.

Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, a fourth year Buet student and spokesperson of the protesters, came up with the announcement in a press briefing in front of the BUET Shaheed Minar on Tuesday evening.

They announced to take a mass oath on Wednesday in alliance with teachers and students of the university to eradicate violence, and terrorism from the university.

Sayem said they are suspending the street protest as they found law enforcement agencies and Buet administration are taking necessary steps to meet the demands placed by the protesters.

"Although we are primarily calling off the movement but we will still keep a close eye on whether the Buet administration is implementing our demands properly or not," he informed.

“We decided to postpone out protests from streets but it will continue until the expulsion of the murders,” he said.

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

Students happy with the progress in the case 

They also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direct supervision in the 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 demands.

“We have received notice from Buet on the suspension of the suspects and also assurance from the authority of the University that they will be expelled if found guilty,” said the representative of protesters.

The assurance also came from Buet that Abrar's family will be financially compensated.

 Sayem said “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 all the halls soon. We also requested Buet to appoint a professional administrator to monitor the CCTV cameras. “.

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.

The students placed 10 point demand since the day Abrar was killed and only postponed their movement for two days on October 12 considering the smooth completion of the admission test.

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