‘Killing for dissenting views is not acceptable at all’
October 7th, 2019 at 5:08 pm
‘Killing for dissenting views is not acceptable at all’

Dhaka – Awami League secretary general Obaidul Quader has said it was not acceptable under any circumstance that a person would be murdered for one’s dissenting views.

Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minster, came up with the views over the death of a second-year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on Monday.

“You can’t just beat someone to death for having a different opinion,” said the minister adding that the law would take its own course whoever the criminals are.

Abrar Fahad of electrical and electronic engineering department at the BUET was beaten to death allegedly by the leaders of the ruling Awami League party’s student front at the students’ dorm.

Four leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League were taken into custody for the murder.

Death of the BUET student sparked protest on Dhaka University campus and on social media sites asking for arrest of the perpetrators of the killing.

According to witnesses, the BCL leaders had called Abrar by phone and took him to a second-floor room where he was beaten for long hours apparently for his Facebook posts. His body was found on the staircase of Sher-e-Bangla Hall after midnight.

The BCL activists tried to brand him as an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student front of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. But his family in north-western district of Kushtia trashed the allegation.  

Obaidul Quader said an investigation has been launched into the death and the authorities asked to take steps in this regard.