Silent procession to protest Abrar killing on BUET campus
October 9th, 2019 at 1:32 pm
Silent procession to protest Abrar killing on BUET campus

Dhaka – The protest against members of the ruling political party suspected of having beaten a university student to death over a social media post continued for the third consecutive day Wednesday with teachers joining procession demanding recurrence of such brutality on the campus.

The teachers and students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology brought out a silence procession on the campus demanding swift trial of the killers of Abrar Fahad.

Fahad, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department, was found dead on a staircase of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the BUET on Monday morning. He has posted a criticism of a Bangladesh’s water-sharing deal with neighbouring India n the social media site Facebook.

Police said the victim was beaten to death at his dormitory allegedly by the members of the Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League party. His body with multiple injury marks was found on the staircase of the dorm hours after he was called in by a group of activists on Sunday night.

Students of the BUET on Tuesday night released a 15-minute video prepared based on the closed-circuit camera footage that showed Abdar was called in by the group, which later dropped the body on the staircase on that night.

The students on Wednesday arranged a sit-in protest on the campus asking the authorities to accept their 10-point demands that included banning student politics on the campus, expulsion of those involved in the murder from the university, ensure students security and announce a package of compensation for the victim’s family.

While addressing a gathering on the campus, a teacher of the electrical and electronic engineering department demanded exemplary punishment of the killers. He denounced the criminal acts in guise of political activity.

“The student leaders and the common students used to share rooms together when we were the student of this university,” Shafiqul Islam, head of the EEE department, told the gathering.

The kind of politics that does not work for the betterment of the students is unnecessary for the university, he said.

Protest also spared on the adjoining Dhaka University campus where students brought out procession to protest the gruesome murder of the BUET student.

Meanwhile, the central leadership of the Bangladesh Chhatra League at a news conference on Dhaka University campus warned its leaders and activists at different units not to indulge in criminal activities.

The organization’s chief said that 11 leaders and activists of the BUET were expelled following an organizational investigation launched after the murder of the student.   

Fourteen supporters of the party have been arrested on allegations of involvement in the murder.