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BUET student killing

Hall provost resigns as protests continue

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Hall provost resigns as protests continue
Aggrieved Dhaka University students and sympathisers of slain BUET student Abrar Fahad hold a rally at the foot of Raju Sculpture on the campus yesterday condemning the killing. Inset, artiste Abul Hayat speaks at a gathering of architects, mostly former students of BUET, denouncing the gruesome murder of Abrar. Focus Bangla Photos

Amidst the ongoing agitation by students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Khan, the provost of Sher-e-Bangla Hall, resigned yesterday. Abrar Fahad, a second-year student, was brutally beaten down to death allegedly inside the room-2011 of the hall by Chatra League activists. The gruesome murder has sparked widespread outrage among students of different public universities who have taken to the streets for three consecutive days, demanding punishment of the killers.

The protesting students revised their eight-point demand, placed on Tuesday night, and put forward a 10-point demand, including the withdrawal of Sher-E-Bangla Hall provost Md Zafar Iqbal Khan. They also gave the authorities an ultimatum of seven days to ban all activities of political student bodies.

Pledging support to the agitating students, the BUET Alumni Association demanded resignation of the vice-chancellor and an overhauling of the administration at the earliest. The association's seven-point demand was announced by its president Prof. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury on the Buet campus. It was followed by a procession and rally.

The demands included speedy trial of the killers under a special tribunal and their expulsion from BUET. Their other demands included banning the activities of all political party-based student bodies, teachers and employees; ensuring the personal security of all students on the campus by putting a stop to ragging; and ensuring justice for all those who became victims of student politics without any delay.

The BUET Teachers’ Association banned teacher politics at the university. The association’s president, Dr AKM Masud, made the announcement while addressing the agitating students at the BUET campus intersection yesterday.

“We have decided to ban teacher politics at the university. Student politics will also be banned soon,” he said. He also said the decision was taken at the association’s emergency meeting held at 10am in the morning. Md Barkatullah, father of the slain Abrar, pleaded to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to punish the killers of his son. The grieving father wanted the criminals to be hanged. He was speaking to reporters at the end of the dua mahfil held for Abrar’s departed soul in front of the Zilla School at Abrar’s hometown in Kushtia.

Three more BUET students were placed on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with the murder of Abrar. They are: Moniruzzaman Monir (21) a third-year student of the water resources engineering department; Akash Hossain (21), a third-year student of the civil engineering department; and Shamsul Arefin Rafat (21), a second-year student of the mechanical engineering department.

Metropolitan magistrate Tofazzal Hossain passed the remand order when DB Inspector Wahiduzzaman, who is also the investigating officer of the case, produced the trio before the court with a 10-day remand prayer. During the hearing, Monir and Akash denied the allegations against them, saying they were not present at the room of Sher-e-Bangla Hall when Abrar was killed there. They claimed they visited the room later on.

A total of 13 students of the university were arrested in connection with the case filed by Abrar’s father over the murder. The other 10 members of Buet unit BCL were also placed on a five-day remand yesterday.

Meanwhile, Our Correspondent from Kushtia adds: police yesterday beat up slain BUET student Abrar Fahad’s younger brother as local people locked in a clash with the law enforcers during the BUET Vice-Chancellor (VC)’s visit to his house at Raidanga village at Kumarakhali upazila in the district.

Earlier, BUET VC Professor Saiful Islam was intercepted when he tried to enter the house of slain Abrar Fahad to meet his parents.  The aggrieved locals locked in a clash with police during this time, leaving five people including his younger brother Abrar Fayaz, a Dhaka College student, got injured in police action.

Local sources said that BUET VC, who skipped visiting the BUET campus hours inside his murder, could somehow reach Abrar’s grave. As a result the VC left Raidanga without meeting the mother of Abrar who was killed on Sunday.

Earlier Prof Saiful Islam reached Kushtia Circuit House at around 3:30pm. He then started for Raidanga village home village of slain Abrar Fahad in Kumarkhali upazila to meet his mourning parents. A large number of members of law enforcing were deployed before the VC arrived in the area. The members of RAB were stationed near Abrar’s house and in the vicinity of the grave.

Last Sunday, a second-year student of BUET Abrar Fahd was beaten to death at Room 28 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall which was being used as a torture cell.

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