Abrar killing and trend of student politics
Why we need students in our politics? What is their role and contribution to national politics? In the light of present situation, recent condition of student politics more or less across the country, it is an important, crucial and a controversial issue. Parents and guardians will stand to raise their voice to say no to student politics, because it has turned into a beneficial business.
A geriatric patient needs a support, a stick to walk and a politician needs students for a political activities, move, exhibition of strength and showdown against their opponents. In the context of present situation, students involvement in politics is as good as adding fuel to the fire, an endless fire which is burning the political image of the individual parties into ashes.
The recent death of Abrar Fahad, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of BUET is a worst example of student politics in our educational institutes and universities. As per forensic report, Abrar was brutally beaten to death by blunt objects thus injuring his hands, legs and back with clear symptoms of internal bleeding.
It is astonishing how daring and brutal these students are who committed this gruesome murder, where none came to rescue! As citizen of a democratic country and where democracy is prevailing, one may differ in personal and political philosophy but that should not be a reason to kill a person. A death indeed that jolted the minds of the whole nation more than a strong earthquake!
BUET - Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, founded in the year 1912 with a view to offer degrees in engineering and architecture.
BUET is a institution of making skilled manpower who are playing important role in nation building, fields if engineering and infra-structure. Our engineers are also working abroad with name, fame and reputation. Meritorious students get admitted in this university to acquire engineering, technical knowledge and degrees. In course of time they leave the campus and contribute by utilising merit, efforts and technical knowledge in related fields, locally and globally.
Abrar Fahad is not only a solitary example of brutal killing by students - classmates, juniors and seniors involved in politics.
There are lots of Abrar, brutally tortured by fellow students who succumbed to injuries and met a tragic end of their prospective career and life. According to media reports, eight students in Chittagong University, five students in Rajshahi University and three in Sylhet Shajalal University were murdered on political issues in the last ten years. Unfortunately, there is no exemplary punishment of this crime. The culture of impunity, lengthy police investigation, slow judicial process, social and political influences are some factors responsible to commit the crime repeatedly, in past and present.
According to the news provided by the daily newspapers and television channels, student leaders and supporters are involved in extortion, kidnapping, gambling, rape, killing and other illegal activities.
Ragging is a common malpractice in the halls of our universities. Ragging - the practice of baiting or bullying new students or juniors by the seniors is very common in the universities of our country. The depth of crime and criminal activities reached in its maximum height and beyond tolerance of guardians and general citizens.
It is a matter of disgrace to write that dormitory rooms occupied by students leader and their supporters are decorated with political furniture - heavy sticks of wood and cane, iron and steel rods, rope and electrical wires, hockey sticks, cricket stumps, knife, daggers, axes, choppers, swords, lethal weapons and fire-arms Instead of books, lecture sheets and related reading and study materials. More or less the room resembles to be a film studio, where all necessary items are available to shoot an action movie!
We are shocked to cite that hall provosts, house tutors and authorities responsible in the campus are quite indifferent regarding this sensitive and crucial issue. If not, how a student is tortured for long hours in a closed room and finally beaten to death mercilessly by a group of fellow students in an independent state. It is also surprising matter that nobody from other rooms, neither students nor teachers, came forward to rescue the lone victim from the deadly clutches of a group of students ferocious than carnivorous animals!
Considering the magnitude of crime and illegal activities prevailing in our universities, colleges and educational institutes across the country, student politics should be banned, at least for a certain period. Let the students take personal and cumulative initiative to groom them as good as the then students leaders like Hussein Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sher-e-Bengal A K Fazlul Huque, Maulana Bhashani, Banga Bandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tajuddin Ahmed, Abdur Razzaque, Tofael Ahmed. In important and crucial national issues, students are required to involve in national politics directly or indirectly as it happened in the year 1952 - language movement, 1971 - war of independence and 1990 - the fall of military government.
Nowadays, almost all the student leaders are lack of organizational skill, patience and leadership qualities; they are egomaniac and sycophant at the same time. And that is why they are dependent on muscle power to gain power, privileges and supremacy in politics. Moreover, constant political pressure to capture the political ground, to dominate the opponents is also a vital reason to excite the students, boil and ignite the innocent bloods to lead a crime beyond tolerance, beyond definition knowingly or unknowingly.
The death of Abrar is not only a death but is a strong message and an examination to all of us: whether we are able to ensure justice to the victim and his family or not. In this case, I would like to quote the famous quotation of Gladstone- justice delayed justice denied. The Holy Quran narrates in Surah Nessa, ayat 93: And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is hell to resude therein, and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.
It is a burning issue and we request our policy makers to enunciate laws for the welfare and security of students. We are not in a position to hear or read anymore untimely and brutal death of a brilliant student like Abrar. Let the trial and punishment of the killers of Abrar exemplary. Let the lesson be a staunch warning to the students involved in politics so that they abstain from all sorts of crime: murder, corruption in personal, social and national level.
A politician should be careful and he should not offend or upset any one or any group of people by any means on personal or social ground with his talk, behaviour, power and position.
The writer is freelance contributor