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10 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BUET student killing

New footage shows killing details

Saugato Bosu, Dhaka

A CCTV footage showing the incidents leading up to the murder of Abrar Fahad, a student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and the movements of the accused after the crime has gone viral on social media. The 15-munte-long video footage released by BUET students shows the details of the incidents related with calling of Abrar to room 2011 in a residential hall, his being beaten unconscious and his body left on the staircase.

In the footage, it’s seen that Abrar’s body was wrapped in a bed sheet and brought down the stairs six hours after he was taken to room 2011. From 8 pm up to 4 am, all the activities of the people involved with the student’s beating and eventual killing was captured in the CCTV footage. The culprits were found standing beside the provost at one point. On Sunday evening, Abrar was called by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of BUET and then beaten to death following a Facebook post.

The new footage released on Tuesday night shows the movement of the accused BCL leaders in the corridors of the hall along with Abrar, who was a second-year electric and electronic engineering student. The video shows several BCL activists, including civil engineering department student Ehtasamul Rabbi Tamim, leading Abrar upstairs to room 2011.

According to students, this particular room on the second floor is often used as a “torture chamber” by BCL activists. The students complained that even though it is harsh, they could do nothing anything against it. According to Abrar’s roommates, three BCL members had entered their room on the night of the murder and woke him up. One of the accused, Muntasir Al Jemy, then told him that seniors were calling him to room 2011. A few students from Abrar’s batch were near the room when he was taken upstairs.

According to the new video footage, Abrar was escorted to room 2011 around 8.12 pm. Around 11.40 pm, Jemy and Tamim came out from the room 2011. Six minutes later, Toha came out and then Rafa Morshed, Billah, Monir and Majed were also seen coming out from the room one by one.

At 11.20 pm, BCL leader Anik Sarker with others some BCL leaders went to the room. Later around 12.8 am Anik came out from the room where the brutal killing was happened that night. After a while Bitu were seen to go in the room and then Billah and Galib were seen to come out. Around 12.27 am Moyaz was seen going in the room. After a while Jemy, Sakal, Rafat, Mozahidur Rahman Mozahid, Ismail and Billal were seen to move from the room to other places.

About an hour later around 2 pm, Abrar’s body was taken out from room 2005 wrapped in a bed sheet and taken downstairs. He was left on the stairs for a while and later pulled on a stretcher. Then, the doctor came.

At around 3.50 pm, a doctor was called in the hall also brought a trolley. During that time, the doctor declared Abrar as dead (later known) and seen waiting for someone (provost). After a while, the hall provost and student welfare director arrived. After reaching the spot, the provost was seen to inspect the body of Abrar. Mehedi Hasan Russell, general secretary of the BUET BCL unit, was seen talking with them and other accused were also seen around the trolley.

The video footage was collected by blocking police officers on campus on Monday night.

Earlier on October 7, a 1.22-minute-long CCTV footage of Abrar’s murder was posted on the Facebook page of the Quota Reform movement. It was posted by the Bangladesh General Student Rights Protection Council.

In that video footage, it is seen that several students were carrying Abrar’s body that night. Some other students are seen walking behind them.

It is seen in the CCTV footage that one comes to confirm that if there is someone on the staircase. Later, some of the students left Abrar’s body on the stairs. There are several others behind them. After the footage was posted, angry students had blocked the provost’s office.

Meanwhile, police have arrested some BCL activists in BUET for the murder. They are BCL general secretary Mehedi Hasan Russell (civil engineering, second year), vice-president Muhtasim Fuad, civil engineering, second year), organising secretary Mehedy Hasan Robin (mechanical engineering, fourth year) information and research secretary Anik Sarker (mechanical engineering, fourth year), sports secretary Miftahul Islam Jion (naval architecture and marine engineering, fourth year), and deputy social welfare secretary Ifti Mosharraf Sakal (biomedical engineering, third year).

Some other students arrested are Muntasir Al Jemy (mechanical engineering, second year), Md Mujahidur Rahman (electrical and electronic engineering, third year), Khandaker Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir (mechanical engineering, third year), and Ishtiaq Ahmmed Munna (mechanical engineering, third year).

Requesting anonymity, some students stated that the BUET’s BCL activists wanted to cover up the murder by portraying it as a case of lynching.

According to the students, BCL wanted to pass the blame to Abrar by portraying him as a drug dealer. However, Abrar’s friends thwarted them from executing their plans.

 

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