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23 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Abrar murder

BUET deadlock likely to end soon

Expulsion demand of students met
Our Correspondant, DU
BUET deadlock likely to end soon

The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has expelled for life 26 students, among whom 25 are accused of killing Abrar Fahad.

With this decision, students and teachers are hoping that the deadlock at the university, going on for more than a month, will end soon.           

The university issued a statement announcing the expulsions late on Thursday night. It was signed by the director of the Directorate of Students' Welfare (DSW), Prof. Md Mizanur Rahman.

Six other students were also punished for different terms for violating the disciplinary code, said the statement. But it did not go into details.

“We have taken the decision based on the report of the investigation committee formed by the university after the murder [of Abrar]. It is not based on the charge-sheet. Hopefully, the other two demands of the students will be met within the given time,” Prof. Mizanur told The Independent.

“In the meantime, if they are satisfied with the progress of our work and approach us to conduct the final term exams, we are ready to announce the schedule,” he added.

Students leading the movement said they are hopeful that their demands will be met soon.

One of the spokespersons, Tanmoy Sarkar, said: “As the notice was published at midnight, we couldn’t discuss much about it. We’ll conduct a formal meeting soon. Based on that, we’ll discuss our perspective with the academic council.”   

A few days ago, the protesting students said in a statement that they would agree to appear for the final term exams if the first two demands were met. And they would finally appear for the tests if their third demand was met seven days prior to commencement of the exams.

The final term exams of all the departments, scheduled to start on October 20, had been postponed due to boycott by the students. The decision was taken at an academic

council meeting of BUET on October 12. Two other demands of the students are: punishment of those involved in ragging, and categorisation and inclusion of student politics and ragging-related issues in the BUET Ordinance through the approval of the academic council and Syndicate.

Leaving the whole nation shocked, Abrar, 22, was brutally beaten up and was found dead on a staircase of the Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7. He had been taken to the dormitory’s Room No. 2011 around 8pm on October 6, and beaten up mercilessly by Chhatra League men late into the night.

Abrar’s father, Barkatullah, filed a murder case with Chawkbazar police station against 19 people, mostly leaders and activists of the BUET Chhatra League.

Amid student protests, on October 11 the university banned all political activities on the campus and suspended 19 students accused in the case.

On November 13, the police submitted the charge-sheet against 25 BUET students — most of them leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League’s university unit — in the murder case filed by Abrar’s father.

Addressing a press briefing that day, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s additional commissioner, Monirul Islam, said 11 of the accused were directly involved in beating up Abrar in several phases in Room No. 2011 of BUET’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall between 10pm on October 6 and 2:30am on October 7.

The other 14 were indirectly involved in the incident, either by aiding, abetting or planning Abrar’s torture, and one of them was present at the place of occurrence, he said.

According to BUET’s statement, the 26 expelled students are: Mehedi Hasan Robin, Md Anick Sarker, Ifti Mosharraf Shakal, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Meftahul Islam Zion, Md Muzahidur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rasel, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, Khandaker Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir, Muntasir Alam Jemy, ASM Nazmus Sadat, Md Shamim Billah, Morshed Amartya Islam, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Mujtaba Rafid, Md Mizanur Rahman, Md Ashikul Islam Bitu, SM Mahmud Setu, Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna, Amit Saha, Md Mazedur Rahman, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, Moaz Abu Huraira, Md Akash Hossain, Md Morsheduzzaman Mandal Zisan, and Muhtasim Fuad.

Of them, only Bitu was not named in the police’s charge-sheet.

The six other students who were punished on different terms are: Abu Nawshad Sakib, Md Saifulislam, Md Galib, Md Shaon Mia, Sakhawat Iqbal Ovi and Md Ismail.

The university’s Board of Residence and Discipline took the action based on the findings of BUET’s probe committee, said Prof. Mizanur in the statement.

He said: “We received the probe report on the night of November 16. The disciplinary board met on November 17, 20 and 21 to evaluate the findings. We took the decision to expel the students at the last meeting held between 5:30pm and 10:30pm on Thursday.”

Mizanur is also member-secretary of the board.

Last Monday, the BUET authorities sought three weeks’ time from the protesting students to meet their three demands, which included the expulsion of those accused of killing Abrar.

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