The charge sheet is absolutely accurate, says home minister
Hearing that 25 people were involved in Abrar Fahad’s murder, his mother Rokeya Khatun demanded capital punishment for each and everyone involved directly or indirectly.
Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted a charge sheet against 25 accused in the murder case of Buet student Abrar Fahad to the court of Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kairsarul Islam on Wednesday.
“I took my son to Buet by myself. There were eleven of them, who beat up my son, murdering him. Had they told me, I would have brought him back home instead of letting him study. I probably would have made him take up farming or business. Why did they have to murder him?” she said while talking to Dhaka Tribune after finding out on television that police submitted a charge sheet over Abrar murder case.
Rokeya did not watch television since Abrar’s murder since she could not tolerate news reports with footages of the incident.
On October 7, Abrar, a second-year student of the electrical and electronic engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was beaten to death inside the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall by some Chhatra League leaders based on false allegations that he had ties to Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Rokeya was with her younger son, Abrar Faiyaz, at their residence on PTI Road at Kushtia. She burst out wailing watching Abrar’s news around 1pm. Two of her relatives tried to calm her, but could not find the right words. During this time, Abrar's father Barkat Ullah was at his workplace.
Thanking police, Abrar's brother Faiyaz said they wanted immediate arrest of the four accused fugitives.
Police said Buet administration had shown negligence over the incident, he said.
“We hope that Buet will take necessary steps so that incidents like these are not repeated in the future,” said Faiyaz.
“Trial and execution of punishment needs to be completed as soon as possible,” Faiyaz added.
When contacted, Abrar's father Barkat Ullah said: “We are yet to see the charge sheet but we are happy that the charge sheet has finally been submitted. But it needs to be ensured that the trial is conducted through a speedy tribunal and the accused do not get bail.”
After the submission of the charge sheet, Law Minister Anisul Huq said: “I would request the home minister to make the plea of holding the trial under the speedy trial tribunal as per the rule.
“Following the plea, we plan to send the matter to the speedy trial tribunal in order to ensure the swift proceedings of the case,” he said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office on Wednesday.
Anisul said on Monday a prosecution team will start their work on the case.
A speedy tribunal is obligated to complete a trial within 90 days of the submission of the application, if for any reason the trial is not completed within 90 days then it can be extended by 30 days, totaling to 120 days. Fifteen more days can be added if speedy tribunal does not reach a verdict within 120 days.
Terming the charge sheet as accurate, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said: "We have already said that we endeavor to provide an accurate charge sheet. We hope the charge sheet that has been placed by the police is perfect.”
“We hope that the trial will start soon," he said in response to a reporter's question after law and order related meeting ahead of Victory Day celebration in the Home Ministry's meeting room on Wednesday.
Protesters from Buet expressed their satisfaction over the early submission of the police report of the Abrar Fahad murder case.
A fourth-year student Antara Madhuri Tithi on behalf of Buet protesters said: “We are pleased with police since they have submitted the report very quickly although we have not seen that report. We are also happy that the police included six accused who were not mentioned in the first information report (FIR). Now we demand the arrest of the four fugitives involved the case as soon as possible.”
Our correspondents Kudrot-e-Khoda Sobuj from Kushtia, Mizanur Rahman and Fahim Reza Shovon contributed to this report