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We are stunned at Abrar gruesome murder

Published : Thursday, 10 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 224

Abrar Fahad murder has left the entire nation shocked and stunned - while the anti-corruption purge is on and the Prime Minister recently ordered the removal of Chhatra League president and general secretary for allegations of corruption, ethical aberrations and extortion - the beating and killing of Abrar Fahad, a BUET student, allegedly by Chhatra League members, leaves us shell shocked.

The CCTV footage, becoming viral does not show the beating but captures the faces of several students, leaving a horribly injured Abrar Fahad on the stairs of the dormitory. This prima facie is a crime since the people who brought Abrar Fahad in an unconscious state, stealthily left without calling for any medical help.

Reportedly, Abrar Fahad was beaten for posting comments on Facebook opposing a recent bi-lateral deal with India. However, in a democracy, a citizen has the right to voice his/her opinion freely and Abrar Fahad was doing just that.  Abrar's observations seemingly led to suspicions that he is linked to an Islamist party which was against independence in 1971. The result was a barbaric beating which caused internal bleeding and, subsequently, death. When the accused were taken to custody, some even had the audacity to pull a smile.

Shockingly, the university's highest authority remained silent on the matter until Tuesday evening.  This is an indication that the Bangladesh Chhatra League needs severe restructuring along with a thorough re-education about the tenets of humane student politics.

A person cannot be killed for expressing views openly since the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh projects itself as a country where freedom of speech is allowed and upheld in all its sanctity. Beating and killing inside an academic  institution, which holds the topmost place among all academic institutions in the country, tarnishes the overall image of our academic establishments. To development partners plus the outside world, such events will only send a negative picture of a country, which many deem an example to be followed in social and economic achievement.

Above all, this abominable act leaves the society stunned because it shows the ugly, vicious side which has overtaken the country's student politics. Those who were involved in the beating need to be punished swiftly with a stern directive issued by the highest authority in the country about what is and isn't allowed in the name of politics.

If student politics mean the usage of intimidation, threat, beating to suppress someone's voice then perhaps a complete overhaul of the culture is crucial. In addition, student politics should never supersede the authority of an academic institution. Unless, this is ensured, general students will always remain in terror.

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