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Students demand death penalty to stop recurrence

  • Published at 07:21 pm February 2nd, 2015

Jahangirnagar University students have demanded capital punishment for the persons who killed Zubair Ahmed in January 2012 so that no one else dares committing such crime in the future.

More than a hundred students formed a human chain in front of the new Arts Faculty building under the banner of “Shontrasher Biruddhe Jahangirnagar” yesterday.

Criticising the administration for its alleged patronisation of some of the accused, the agitating students demanded that the police arrest the six accused who have been on the run since February last year.

Four of the fugitives fled the court when their bails were cancelled.

The students also expressed grief since the police had failed to arrest the fugitive accused when some of them are active on Facebook and visit the campus often. They demanded that the authorities take stern stance against any criminal regardless their political or other identities.

A special tribunal in Dhaka is set to deliver verdict in the case tomorrow. Of the 13 accused, all activists of ruling party’s student wing Chhatra League, seven are in custody while the others remain fugitive.

They were held responsible for the murder by a probe committee formed by the administration. Later the university Syndicate expelled seven for life and six others for two years.

Honours final year student of English department Zubair, a former Chhatra League activist, was picked up by some activists of the rival faction in the afternoon of January 8, 2012. He was then severely tortured with iron rods, sticks and sharp weapons on the campus by the accused and their cohorts.

The killers later took him to Savar Enam Medical College and Hospital and fled the scene. Zubair succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in the capital the following day due to excessive bleeding. The university authorities filed the murder case with Ashulia police.

In a statement, JU unit Bangladesh Chhatra Union yesterday also demanded justice for the killing. The organisation said the culture of impunity for campus violence should end through the verdict.

There is no precedent that politically influential students, especially those having link with ruling parties, ever been punished for violent incidents, including murder.

“If the criminals do not get due punishment, others will be encouraged to commit such crimes in the future,” the press release said. 

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