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13 October, 2019 12:00:37 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 October, 2019 04:18:02 PM

BUET students postpone protests

BUET students postpone protests
Aggrieved fellows of slain BUET student Abrar Fahad are seen putting graffiti on the nearby walls as part of raising their voice against such gruesome killing. The photo was taken yesterday from Palashi area in the capital. Independent photo

The aggrieved students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) yesterday postponed their protest programme for two days starting from today (Sunday) in view of the university’s admissions test, scheduled for October 14 (Monday). “The students will provide cooperation to all admission-seekers and their guardians during the entry tests,” said Sayem, the spokesperson of the protesting students.

The spokesperson, however, said that as the university authorities had already taken noticeable steps, the agitating students decided to repose faith in them.

Following the announcement at the base of the Shaheed Minar at the BUET, most of the students went back to their respective halls. Earlier, the students organised their protests for the sixth consecutive day, demanding justice for the murder of Abrar Fahad.

The move to halt the protests came after demonstrators on Friday had set a charter of five major demands and warned that they would not allow the admission tests slated for Monday if their demands were ignored.

After a meeting with BUET Vice-Chancellor (VC) Saiful Islam, the students in the same evening decided to carry on with their protests with special emphasis on five of the 10 demands. They claimed that these could be met within a short period of time. Prof. Dr Saiful Islam also announced a ban on politics on the campus, which was one of the demands raised by the agitating students.

Abrar Fahad, 21, a student of the BUET’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) department, was beaten to death, by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists in the Sher-e-Bangla Hall last Monday following a facebook post and his alleged affiliation with Chhatra Shibir.

Another accused arrested

The police yesterday (Saturday) arrested another accused in the Abrar murder case. Moaz Abu Huraira, a student of the EEE department, was detained from Dhaka, confirmed Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media and public relations) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

The 17th batch EEE student, who hails from Kishoreganj, was picked

up from the capital’s Uttara area.

He was later produced before a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate's court, where the police were granted five days’ custody for interrogation.

With Moaz's arrest, a total of 19 arrests have been made so far in the case filed by Abrar’s father. Of those arrested, 17 were remanded for different periods.

In the meantime, the

BUET authorities also issued notices yesterday banning organisational politics, prompting agitating students to end their protests. Another confessional statement Meanwhile, Anik Sarker, another accused in the Abrar murder case, yesterday gave confessional statement before the court.

Detective police produced Anik before the court and sought permission to record his confessional statement.

Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqul Islam recorded his statement under section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure, said Fazlur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of DMP’s crimes, information and prosecution department.

Anik was later sent to jail upon his confessional statement. He is the third suspect to make such a statement after fellow BCL leaders Ifti Mosharraf Sakal and Meftahul Islam Zion.

Anik, a student of Mechanical Engineering at BUET and the Information Research Secretary to its the BUET’s BCL, was subsequently placed on a five-day remand and expelled by the BCL.

BUET takes action

The BUET authorities also announced a drive against illegal occupants of the residential halls, sealing off the offices of student organisations on the campus. The university issued five separate notices signed by Acting Registrar Dr Md Saidur Rahman.

In one of the notices, the university said it will introduce a web portal where students can submit complaints about being ragged.

The BUET authorities said the accused students in the Abrar Fahad murder case would be permanently expelled after submission of the charge sheet. The university also promised to bear the expenses of the legal proceedings in the murder case in favour of Abrar’s family and monitor every floor of the dormitories with 24/7 CCTV. These announcements, in acceptance of the students’ five-point charter of demands, prompted the protesters to suspend their demonstration around 2:45pm.

The authorities also sealed off three rooms of two separate dormitories for illegal occupancy. BUET’s BCL unit President Jami-us-Sani said his room—No. 321 in the Ahsan Ullah Hall—has been sealed off as his studentship ended a while ago.

The room of the BCL’s BUET unit’s General Secretary Mehedi Hasan Rasel—Room No. 3012 of Sher-e-Bangla hall—was also sealed off for the same reason, Jami confirmed.

Rasel was arrested in connection with the murder of Abrar. Another room of Ahsan Ullah Hall—Room No. 121—was sealed off because it was being used as an office of the BCL, Jami disclosed.

Admission tests as scheduled

Meanwhile, the authorities of BUET announced that the admission tests of 2019-2020 academic session will be held as scheduled (9:00am) on October 14 (Monday).

In a press release signed by Professor Dr. Pran Kanai Saha, Chairman of Admission Committee for (2019-2020) academic session, stated that all admission-seekers were advised to remain present at the examination centre within 8:00am.

Charter of demands

The five-point charter of demands comprises the following demands: Those involved in the murder of Abrar Fahad must be suspended from the university, and those named in the charge-sheet must be expelled; the BUET administration would have to bear all expenses of the Abrar case and due compensation should be provided to his family; the BUET administration has to ban all organised student politics and seal off their offices on the campus; all students living illegally in different halls have to be ousted; a common platform has to be attached to the BIIS account to expose all incidents of bullying and harassment; a committee has to be constituted to monitor and punish the culprits; and all the wings on all the floors in each dormitory have to be brought under 24x7 CCTV surveillance.




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