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Unrest at Buet: Five students allege instigation by 'dark organization'

  • ‘An attempt is being made to create chaos in Buet’
  • Shibir and Hizb ut Tahrir operating on campus, they allege
Update : 30 Mar 2024, 11:52 PM

Five students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have alleged that there is an instigation of a “dark organization” in the ongoing movement centering on the entry of Chhatra League activists on the campus. 

These students say that an attempt is being made to create chaos in Buet by using the emotions of the students at the instigation of a dark organization. 

They also alleged that Islami Chhatra Shibir and banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir are carrying out their activities in the campus. 

“Whoever is speaking on behalf of the pro-liberation forces, he is being criticized repeatedly with the tag 'Chhatra League'”.

They came up with the allegation at a press conference at Buet Shaheed Minar at 3pm on Saturday.

Buet authorities banned student politics on the campus after the murder of Abrar Fahad on October 7, 2019.

On December 8, 2021, a Dhaka court sentenced 20 Chatra League leaders and activists to death and five others to life imprisonment for killing Abrar. Their appeals are now pending with the High Court.

Founded in 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international political group with a long-term goal of establishing a Caliphate ruled under Islamic law.

While their headquarters are in Lebanon, the group operates in at least 32 countries including the UK, United States, Canada and Australia. The group started operation in Bangladesh in 2000 by opening three units at Dhaka University, Buet and North South University.

The government banned the radical group on October 22, 2009. On January 19 this year, the UK proscribed Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization.

Hundreds of students of Buet staged a demonstration on the campus for the second consecutive day on Saturday, demanding the resignation of the Directorate of Students' Welfare (DSW) and the permanent expulsion of Chhatra League leader Imtiaz Hossain from the university.

In this context, the five students held a press conference in front of the Shaheed Minar of Buet after 3pm. 

A student named Tanvir Mahmud read out the written statement there. 

He claimed that the five of them are not office holders of any student organization. 

"In July 2023, 34 former and current students of Buet were arrested in Sunamganj Haor on charges of anti-state conspiracy and sabotage. Cases against them are still going on in court and all of them are on bail. In this context, some students formed a human chain against fundamentalism. They marked the students who participated in the human chain and later they questioned us from 11pm to 4am in several rooms of Buet hall. They even threatened to throw us out of the hall by comparing the human chain to a crime.”

Tanvir Mahmud said: "If anyone tries to express his opinion on behalf of us in Buet's internal Facebook groups, he has to face bullying and various threats. Indecent comments about the family are also made online and offline.”

"The time has come to think about who are doing this against a few boys like us who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War and who are instigating it from behind.” 

Ashik Alam, another student of Buet, said: "Some incidents on the campus and a series of attacks on us prove that Hizb ut-Tahrir is now openly operating on the BUET campus without student politics. "Whoever speaks on behalf of the pro-liberation forces is being smeared repeatedly with the tag of the Chhatra League.

Ashiq alleged that dark politics is being instilled in the minds of the students by suppressing the believers in progressive politics on the Buet campus. But we will never allow any anti-liberation spirit to get a place in Buet.

Ashik Alam said: "We have heard that the president of a student organization came to the campus. There shouldn’t be any problem regarding his arrival as he didn't engage in any political activity."

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