Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on Tuesday continued their demonstrations to press home their 8-point demand, including the arrest of all the accused in Abrar Fahad murder case and their capital punishment.
Outraged by the gruesome murder, the Buet students came out from different residential halls and gathered in front of the university’s central cafeteria around 10 am to press home their demands.
Their other demands include expulsion of all the identified killers from the university for life within 72 hours, trial of the case under a tribunal, appearance of Buet Vice Chancellor Dr Saiful Islam on the campus by 5 pm today, expulsion of the raggers who mentally and physically torture students for differences of opinions.
Besides, withdrawal of Sher-e-Bangla Hall provost Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Khan before 5pm for his ignorance about the incident of driving out some students from the hall using political clout, bearing all the expenses of Abrar murder case by the Buet administration and compensation for Abrar’s family and banning party politics on the campus.
They vowed to continue their protests until their demands are met.
Meanwhile, Buet Teachers’ Association President Prof Dr AKM Masud expressed solidarity with the protesting students and demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for Abrar’s murder.
He joined the demonstrating students around 12:30 pm in front of the university Shaheed Minar.
“We demand the capital punishment of Abrar’s killers so that no one dares commit such a crime in the future,” Prof Masud said.
About the VC’s absence, he said, it is unexpected that the Vice Chancellor has not yet visited the campus. “The culture of ragging under political banner should be stopped. We’ve talked to the administration several times about it, but they didn’t give any importance.”
Besides, several hundred students of different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, attended a ‘Gayebana Janaza’ held in front of Anti-Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture on the DU campus.
After the prayers, they brought out a procession from there holding a dummy coffin on their shoulders and paraded different points of the DU and Buet campuses before ending it at the same place.
Apart from that, students of seven colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University formed a human chain in front of Dhaka College seeking justice for Abrar Fahad.
Abrar, 21, a resident of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Buet, was pronounced dead around 3am on Monday by Buet medical officer Dr Md Mashuk Elahi after he was mercilessly beaten allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of the university unit.
Police arrested nine BCL leaders and activists in connection with the killing of Abrar on Monday.
Meanwhile, his father filed a case against 19 BCL men with Chawkbazar Police Station in the capital.unb