Dhaka – The agitation over murder of an engineering student in of Bangladesh’s leading universities have been called off and the fellows announced to return to classes and exams after the authorities met their major demands.
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology began the protest soon after they came to know that Abrar Fahad, an electric and electronic engineering student, was beaten to death by a group of ruling party activists at his dormitory in early October.
Fahad was found dead on the staircase in the early hours of October 7 hours after he was called in by a group of leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League to interrogate about a social media post.
In his post, he put criticism for an agreement that the government had signed over sharing of water of a common river with neighbouring India. Police report said Fahad was beaten to death in one of the rooms of the dormitory on that fateful night.
The fellow students, professionals and people from different strata protested the brutal killing.
The BUET students waged the protest to relaise an 11-point demands that included slapping a ban on student politics on the campus, trial of the killers, expulsion of those involved in the murder. They denied sitting for exams as well.
Nearly two months after the murder, the students on Wednesday decided to return to classroom and sit for the exams as they found most of their demands were met.
Police arrested most of the accused in the killing, the university authorities expelled a total of 26 students for their involvement in the crime as the police charged them for murder, and the student politics was banned on the campus.
“The authorities have accepted our three-point demand within the stipulated time, and we think it is a time to conclude our movement,” Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, a student of the BUET, announced in the afternoon.
Six more students for breaching the university discipline were given punishment of different terms, a press release of the university said.