Considering the admission test, the protesting students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) had lowered their 10-point demand to 5-point and urged the varsity authority to fulfill those demands before the test slated on October 14.
They also issued an ultimatum to the university administration of blocking the admission tests for the first-year students of the academic year 2019-20 if their 5-point demand not met by the time.However, the agitating students of the BUET, who have been demonstrating to press their demands since after the brutal murder of Abrar Fahad on early Monday (Oct 7), announced their protest will be continued until their 10-point demand fulfilled.
Earlier, in a meeting with the students on Friday afternoon, BUET vice-chancellor Prof Dr Saiful Islam announced that the university authorities have accepted all their 10 demands and those will be implemented in time.
But the students were not convinced with that assurance as the university authorities failed to provide a deadline for fulfilling the demands.
The students also asked the authorities to defer the date of the admission tests until the demands not met. But authorities were rigid to take admission test on the scheduled date.
At this point, the meeting went dismissed without any conclusion and the agitating students declared to continue their demonstration.
Later, around 10:45 pm, the students issued an ultimatum to the university authorities of blocking admission tests if 5-point demand would not be fulfilled.The demands are—
- All involved in the murder of Abrar Fahad have to be expelled temporarily and later they, who will be chargedheeted, have to be expelled permanently from the university and the authority has to issue a notice in this regard.
- BUET administration has to bear all expenses of Abrar murder case and they have to bind to pay adequate compensations to the Abrar’s family and it would be included in the notice.
- Noncollegiate and all illegal occupants of the hall seats have to be overthrown after banning all political activities. At the same time, all offices of political student organisations on the campus have to be sealed.
- A common platform has to be included with the BIIS Account so that students can unfold the previous incidents of torture, harassments and raging, a committee has to be formed to punish the offenders after proper monitoring. This matter also has to be ensured issuing a notice.
- CCTV cameras have to be installed to all wings on all floors of each hall and continuous system for monitoring that footage has to be ensured—a notice regarding this matter has to be issued.
“We don’t want the students of the 19th batch (next batch) to become parts of a sick academic culture,” the student representative said.
The demonstrators announced the continuation of their protests, but could not specify their plan for Saturday.
“We’ll let you know later. We may take up programmes like road blockade,” their representative said.