Movement postponed, BUET students won't return to classes

Sun Online Desk

15th October, 2019 06:42:23 printer

Movement postponed, BUET students won't return to classes

The agitating students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Tuesday decided to keep themselves out from all academic activities till the charge sheet in the Abrar Murder case will be submitted.

However, the students postponed their on-campus protest programme as the university authorities accepted most of their demands. The students of BUET had been protesting the brutal murder of Abrar Fahad, a second year student of the EEE department of the university.

The demonstrating students made this announcement in a press briefing at Shaheed Minar Chattar at around 5:45 pm on the campus.

They also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking prompt actions against the killers.

Announcing the suspension of the movement, the students said they along with their teachers will observe a mass oath-taking programme on the campus on Wednesday against all kinds of crime and injustice. But they would not return to their classes until the killers of Abrar Fahad expelled permanently.

On Saturday, the protesters postponed their demonstrations for Sunday and Monday to facilitate the admission test of the university held on Monday after the university authorities accepted five of their demands.

In five notices, signed by acting Registrar Dr Md Saidur Rahman, BUET announced a ban on organisational politics, drive against illegal occupants at residential halls and sealing off offices of student organisations on the campus.

The university also announced to introduce a web portal where students can lodge complaints about ragging. The BUET authorities said the students accused in the Abrar Fahad murder case would be expelled once the charge-sheet is submitted.

They also promised to bear the expenses of legal proceedings of the murder case and bring every floor of the dormitories under round-the-clock CCTV monitoring.

Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of BUET, was beaten to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall.

He was found dead on the staircase of the dormitory in the early hours of October 7 after the BCL leaders beat him at room-2011.

A total of 20 people have so far arrested over the gruesome murder while five of the confessed to their involvement in the incident.