He claims that his son is innocent
Claiming that his son is innocent, the father of Morshed Amartya Islam, one of the accused in the Abrar Fahad murder case, has said he wants justice for Abrar as well.
Morshed turned himself in to Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court and sought bail in the case on Sunday. He was previously absconding. Morshed’s father, freedom fighter Rabiul Islam, made the statement while talking to reporters at the premises of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on the same day.
He said: "My son is innocent. Being respectful towards the law, I have voluntarily handed my son over to the court as I want justice for Abrar too."
Rabiul said: "It is mentioned in the charge sheet that Abrar wanted to drink water but no one served him water or took him to a hospital. My son wanted to bring water for Abrar and take him to a doctor but Robein [Mehedi Hasan Robein, one of the accused in the case] did not allow it.
"My son Morshed tried to save Abrar, for which he was also accused of being involved with Islami Chhatra Shibir [the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami] by Robein."
He claimed that Morshed went to their ancestral home on September 19 last year and returned to Dhaka on October 6. After arriving in Dhaka, Morshed went to his elder brother's house and then left for the hall around 7pm.
"According to case details, the accused devised the plan to murder Abrar at the canteen on October 5 but Morshed was at Rajshahi at the time. How is it possible for him to plan Abrar's murder?" he said.
Earlier in the morning, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Yasmin Ara denied Morshed's bail and ordered that he is sent to jail following his surrender to the court.
The other fugitives, mentioned in the police charge sheet of the case, are Morsheduzzaman Jisan, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, and Muztaba Rafid.
However, the rest of the 21 charge-sheeted accused in the case are now in jail.
On November 13, police submitted a charge sheet against 25 students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), most of them being the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Abrar murder case.
On November 18, a Dhaka court accepted the charge sheet, and issued warrants against four fugitives.
Abrar was beaten to death by Chhatra League members inside Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in the early hours of October 7.
Some leaders of the organization's Buet chapter have been accused of mercilessly beating him to death claiming that he was involved with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Abrar's father filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police station on the day of the murder.