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Buet students reiterate protest threat

  • Published at 05:54 pm October 29th, 2019
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Buet Student Antara Madhuri Tithi reads from a written statement during a press conference at the university’s Shaheed Minar premises on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Buet student Abrar was murdered on campus on October 7

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) students reiterated waging tougher movements if the administration fails to meet their demands.

They would also continue boycotting their classes and examinations, in line with their previous announcements, until a proper solution comes from the administration.

Protesting students urged the Buet authorities to play an active role in fulfilling the rest of the 10-point demands immediately. 

Buet Student Antara Madhuri Tithi made the announcement from a written statement at a press conference at the university’s Shaheed Minar premises yesterday. 

While replying to questions from journalists, the students said their protest will continue for the greater good of the nation. They said that even if they have to sacrifice their own academic career, they would make sure that justice is served to Abrar and his family.

“We will continue our protest till all our demands are met,” said Antara, a fourth-year student of Mechanical Engineering department. 

“If Buet administration wanted, they could have easily met our demands in the last 13 days, since the protest was called off. General students are ready to meet the vice-chancellor again, if needed,” the statement added.

The statement also included the latest clarifications regarding their demands from the students.

“We believe that the probe authority (Detective Branch of Police) will place a flawless charge-sheet after holding a proper investigation,” the statement added. 

“The probe body of Buet just started the process after 10 working days. Another 10 days will be needed to submit the final report, which proves the authorities’ inactiveness,” claimed the protesters.

The statement read: We spoke with Abrar’s family but the Buet authorities did not contact Abrar’s family with the offer to provide any financial support, even after issuing the notice that they will  bear all expenses of the case. We urge the authorities to issue a detailed guideline regarding student politics in Buet, that if any organization tries to operate any political activities, they will be brought under punishment,” the statement regarding another demand added.

Demonstrators claimed: “ Regarding the earlier incidents of ragging in Ahsanullah and Suhrawardy hall, we do not see any progress of other probe bodies. Also no guideline regarding anti-ragging has been issued.

“Students want to know how the online complaints using the Buet website (BIIS server) will be evaluated,” the statement furthered.

Regarding contact with Abrar’s family, Director of Directorate of Student’s Welfare Prof Mizanur Rahman denied making any comments as the home ministry is involved with it.

Prof Mizanur also told Dhaka Tribune over the phone: “We have addressed many of the demands of the students.

“We can fulfill the major demand regarding the expulsion of the perpetrators within the shortest period of time, after we receive the probe report in hand. We extended the deadline of submitting the report by 10 more  days,” Prof Mizanur added.

He furthered: “We hope the students will come back to class and sit for the exams when their major demand will be met.”

It is mentionable that the term finals of all the departments, scheduled to start on October 20, had been postponed amidst the ongoing boycott by the students. The decision came from an academic council meeting of Buet on October 12.

Abrar Fahad, a student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, was beaten to death inside the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7.

Several Buet unitChhatra League leaders have been accused of mercilessly torturing him for hours, and beating him to death, after accusing him of being involved with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Many other students on campus have also come forth with accounts of severe bullying, harassment, and torture by Bangladesh Chhatra League members.

Abrar's father filed a murder case against 19 people at Chawkbazar police station in the evening of October 7. 21 Buet students have been arrested and some gave confessional statements before court.