Buet seals off BCL leaders’ rooms, students pause movement for entry tests
Agitating students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Saturday called off their movement for two days considering the university's entry tests slated on Monday.
Md Sayem, a fourth-year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department (EEE), made the announcement on behalf of the protesters in front of BUET Shaheed Minar in the afternoon.
As the university authorities have already taken noticeable steps in realizing some of the students' 10-point demand, which included ban on organizational politics on campus, the protesters decided to postpone their movement. The demonstrators said their programmes will remain suspended on 13 and 14 October and the scheduled examination will be held on 14 October where they will assist the university administration to hold the exam peacefully.
Meanwhile, BUET authorities have issued written statements accepting the five demands by the protesting students in accordance to the decisions taken during the meeting held between BUET's Vice Chancellor and the protesting students on Friday evening.
The statements signed by Acting Registrar Prof Md Saidur Rahman were published on the university's website on Saturday.
Besides, BUET administration sealed three hall rooms. The room 321 belonging to BUET Chhatra League President and the room 3012 belonging to General Secretary Mehedi Hasan Rasel were sealed off.
Then room 121 of Ahsanullah Hall was also sealed off as it was being used as the BCL office.
The notices stated that those named in the case charge sheet of Abrar Fahad's murder have been temporarily suspended from the university.
Moreover, after the probe report of the ongoing investigation is submitted, the guilty will be permanently expelled from the university with the approval of the syndicate. It also said anyone who is found guilty by the court will be expelled from the institution.
One of the statements said BUET administration has officially banned student politics and all political activities by students on campus.
According to the notice, strict disciplinary measures will be taken against any student who attempts to carry out organizational politics in the campus.
Another notice also said BUET authority will bear all expenses of Abrar's case and provide due compensation to his family.
In another written statement, the BUET authorities said they would start an eviction drive against illegal tenants and seal off all offices of student organizations on campus.
In addition to that, the statement said if allegations of ragging or torture are raised against any student, he will be given maximum punishment by the disciplinary committee after a trial.
A web-based platform will be launched to expose all incidents of bullying and harassment inside the university's campus, where students can submit a form with their accounts of ragging.
Accordingly, a committee will be constituted to monitor and meet out punishments to the culprits.
In addition to that, BUET administration has decided to bring all wings of all floors in each dormitory under 24/7 CCTV monitoring.
Earlier on Friday, BUET VC Prof Saiful Islam announced a ban on student politics and teachers' politics on campus after the meeting with the protesting students.
He also stated his compliance with the 10-point demand put forth by the protesting students over Abrar's brutal murder.
Following the meeting with the VC and protesters on Friday vowed to continue their movement as, what they said, they couldn't put their trust on verbal commitment.
As the university authority issued written statement in line with students' demands protesters called off their movement for two days for the university admission tests slated for Monday.
Abrar, a second-year student of BUET's Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, was beaten to death by a group of Chhatra League leaders at the university's Sher-e-Bangla Hall between 7:00pm Sunday and 2:30am on Monday.
The murder triggered a firestorm of protests on university campuses across the country. Many took to the social media to demand justice for Abrar.
Law enforcers suspect, Abrar was attacked because of one of his recent Facebook posts, which seemed critical of some recent deals with India.
Later, the agitating students placed a 10-point demand to the authorities and threatened to go for a tougher movement if the demands are not met immediately.