Published:  05:17 AM, 08 October 2019

Student in BUET hall beaten dead

Case filed against 19, six BCL men detained

Student in BUET hall beaten dead Students brought out a procession in front of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in the capital on Monday in protest against the killing of BUET student Abrar Farhad.

A student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) was beaten to death early Monday allegedly by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on suspicion of him being a Chhatra Shibir activist.

The deceased, Abrar Fahad, was a second year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department of the university and a residential student of Sher-e-Bangla Hall.

Abrar's father Barkatullah filed a case with the Chawkbazar police on Monday accusing 19 people of the murder. Chawkbazar police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Sohrab Hossain said nine persons, including several leaders of BCL BUET unit, have been detained for questioning in connection with the murder.

The detainees include BUET BCL General Secretary Mehedi Hasan Rasel, Vice-president Mustakim  Fuad, Information and Research Affairs Secretary Anik Sarker, Sports Secretary Meftahul Islam Xion, Organizing Secretary Mehedi Hasan Robin and Publication Secretary Ishtiak Munna.

One of Abrar's roommates wishing not to be named said, "On Sunday night, around 7:30 pm, some third-year students summoned Abrar and other second-year students to room No 2011 of the hall".

"Later, around 3:00 pm Arafat, a fourth-year student of the hall, came and told me that Abrar's body was left in the staircase of the hall, " he added.

Fahad was pronounced dead around 3:00am by BUET Medical Officer Dr Md Mashuk Elahi and his body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue around 6:00 am by an ambulance.

While speaking about the detention, DMP Joint Police Commissioner Abdul Baten said, "We've detained six in connection with the murder and found involvements of another of four."

Earlier, in the morning Additional Commissioner of DMP Krishna Pada Roy said, "We've reasons to suspect that Abrar was beaten to death as we have found evidence in this regard. None will get any favour in the case"."We're examining the CCTV footage and no one - whatever their political identities are - will be spared," he added.

Ashikul Islam Bitu, Assistant Secretary of BUET BCL said, "We found evidence of Abrar's involvement with Chhatra Shibir after scrutinizing his Facebook activities and his messenger. We found that he had shown support to many posts by the Shibir-run Facebook page called Basher Kella".

He, however, denied his involvement in the murder. "I left the room later around 8:45pm and is not aware of any beatings taking place there," he added.

Seeking anonymity, a BCL leader claimed Anik Sarker, information and research affairs secretary, and Amit Shaha, deputy law affairs secretary, led the attack.

All of them are third-year students, who hold positions in BCL BUET unit and are supporters of university secretary Mehedi Hasan Rasel.

Abrar's cousin Abu Talha said, "It is impossible to find any involvement of my cousin with Chhatra Shibir".Talha said that Abrar's father is a NGO employee and worked hard during the last general election for Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif.

Neither the vice chancellor of the university nor the hall provost could be reached though repeated attempts were made for their comment. VC's personal secretary picked the phone and said that VC is sick and not available to contact.     

Abrar's death triggered huge protest  Students of different universities and organizations staged demonstrations in their universities including Dhaka University (DU), BUET and Rajshahi University protesting the murder and demanding capital punishment for all involved in the incident.

Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) - Quota Reformist Platform - along with Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) formed a human chain at the base of Raju Memorial sculpture on DU campus around 12:00 pm.

Later, they marched different area of both DU and BUET campus. DUCSU VP Nurul Haque Nur, Social Welfare affairs Secretary Akhter Hossain, JCD leaders and activists and quota reform movement joined the protest.

JCD staged a separate demonstration on the campus on Monday evening. The procession, which started from TSC, marched VC Chhattor and other important area of the campus. JCD central president Fazlur Rahman Babu, Secretary Iqbal Hisseb Shymol, DU president Al Mahdi Talukder and secretary Hafizur Rahman were present in the procession.      

Progressive Students Alliance of DU also brought out another procession on the campus that paraded different campus roads and held a press conference at afternoon with the same demand Authorities delay to disclose CCTV footage Abrar's guardians and fellows alleged that the university authorities are delaying to unveil the CCTV footage.

Students took position in front of the provost office of the hall since morning seeking to watch the CCTV footage but the authorities around 10:00am told them that they will let them watch the footage after five hours are 3:00pm.

However, at 3:00pm they said that they will unveil the footage at 5:30pm to avoid any kind of unwanted situation as the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to go ti Dhakeshari Mandir around 4:30pm near the campus.

Talking to The Asian Age, Abrar's uncle Mukhkesur Rahman Dulal alleged that the hall provost assured them to show the CCTV footage but did not kept his words.

"When we request, the hall authorities assured that the vice chancellor of the university will meet usat 11:00pm. Time is going but they're doing nothing," he added.

BCL forms probe bodyAround 2:00pm, at a press conference BCL condemned the killing and called upon the authorities to take all necessary action over the matter.It also constituted a two-member committee to probe the incident asking it to submit the findings within 24 hours.
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