Demand for death to killers
BUET students place 8-point demand, vow to continue protest, VC appears on campus two days after the murder, three more held
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) student Abrar Fahad murder triggered violent protests across the country.
The agitating students demand capital punishment to the killers.
Abrar was beaten to death by BUET Unit BCL leaders on early Monday who have been expelled from the BCL, student front of ruling Awami League.
Meanwhile, the detectives arrested three more accused in Abrar murder case on Tuesday. The accused are Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Md Akash Hossain,and Shamsul Arefin Rafat. They all are students of BUET.
The students placed an eight-point demand including expulsion of identified killers from the BUET within 72 hours, ensuring justice of Abrar murder, suspension of all academic and administrative activities on the campus and boycott of the upcoming BUET entry examination on October 14. They threatened to continue the movement until the demands were met.
After thirty-six hours of the brutal killing of Abrar, the VC of BUET Prof Saiful Islam came before the agitating students and said, "I agree with your demands and we are accepting those morally."
However, his absence from the campus enraged the students, who locked up the VC's office, and other academic and administrative buildings. The students issued a deadline of 5:00pm by which they demanded the VC make an appearance and issue a statement.
When asked why he came late, he said, "I was busy communicating with the ministers to solve your problem."
Demanding the Prime Minister's intervention, students said all activities inside the campus will remain suspended and protests will continue till the charge sheet is framed.
Besides, students of BUET, Dhaka University (DU) and seven affiliated colleges of DU, public universities in Jahangirnagar, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Cumilla, Jessore, Chattogram, also demonstrated on their respective campuses demanding trial of Abrar's killers.
Teachers Association of BUET also expressed solidarity with agitating students and demanded exemplary punishment to killers. It said that BUET authorities cannot avoid their responsibilities of Abrar's murder.
Dhaka University Teachers Association issued a statement which condemned the murder of Abrar and demanded exemplary punishment of killers within a short time.
Vice President of Dhaka University Students Union (DUCSU), Nurul Haque Nur demanded capital punishment to the killers by instituting a judicial investigation.
Hundreds of students of BUET staged demonstration on the campus for the whole day to press home their eight-point demand that includes death sentence for the killers of Abrar Fahad.
They started their demonstration from the academic building and walked on the campus, passing every residential hall and adjacent streets and then staged a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar.
The other demands include expulsion of students involved in abusing residential students in the name of ragging by October 11, payment of compensation to Abrar's family by the BUET authorities and banning student politics on the campus.
Expressing solidarity with the demonstrating students BUET Teachers' Association President Prof AKM Masud said Abrar Fahad died due to the failure of the university authorities.
"It was the duty of the university authorities to ensure full safety and security of every residential student on the campus, but they have failed to do so," he added.
He also said, "Their inability to stop torture and ragging in the dormitories in the past has led to Abrar's murder."
"The security system of BUET has collapsed. The university authorities must take the responsibility of Abrar's murder," he added.
The demonstrating students of Dhaka University held an absentee funeral prayer (Gayebana Janaza) in front of the Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus. Students of BUET, Dhaka University and many other educational institutions took part in the prayer.
Dhaka University students led by DUCSU Vice President Nurul Haque Nur and Social Service Affairs secretary Akhter Hossain brought out a procession from the TSC carrying a dummy coffin on their shoulders that circled key points of both DU and BUET campuses.
A large number of students from DU, BUET and affiliated seven colleges took part in the procession.
While speaking DUCSU VP Nur said, "It's very unfortunate that the BUET authority delayed to show the CCTV footage to the students in order to save some killers though they were compelled to make it public amid students' protest."
He also said, "The culture of torture in the name of guest room, gono room or ragging in public universities hamper the educational environment on the campus which now took Abrar's life."
"This is high time to remove the debased culture from the universities and also remove terrorism in the name of student politics," he added.
DUTA issued a written statement signed by DUTA president ASM Maksud Kamal and joint secretary Prof Tazin Aziz Chaudhury in which they said, "Abrar's killing is a terrible murder. We demand immediate trial and capital punishment of all the killers."