A Dhaka court has deferred the delivery of the verdict in a case filed over the murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) student Abrar Fahad in 2019.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamaruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 fixed December 8 for announcing the judgement on Sunday saying that the verdict in the case has not been prepared yet.
During the closing arguments, prosecution told the court that they were able to prove the charges against all 25 accused and sought capital punishment for all in the case. Three others accused have been absconding since the case was filed.
Besides, the defence lawyers told the court that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused and sought acquittal for their clients.
A total 46 out of 60 prosecution witnesses have testified in the sensational case.
Detective Branch (DB) of police Inspector Md Wahiduzaman, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the court against 25 BUET students on November 13, 2019. The tribunal on September 15, 2020, had framed charges against all 25 accused in the case.
The 25 accused are - Mehedi Hasan Russel, Anik Sarker, Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, Md Mehedi Hasan Robin, Md Meftahul Islam Jeon, Muntassir Alam Jemmy, Khandaker Tabakkharul Islam Tanvir, Md Muzahidur Rahman, Muhtasim Fuad, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Md Akash Hossain, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Md Mazedul Islam, Shamim Billah, Moaj Abu Hurayra, ASM Nazmus Sadat, Istiak Ahammed Munna, Amit Saha, Md Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, SM Mahmud Setu, Morsheduzzaman Jisan, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, Morshed Amatya Islam and Mostaba Rafid. Of these, Jisan, Rafid and Tanim are yet to be arrested and are tried in absentia.
BUET students and the varsity authorities found the seemingly lifeless body of Abrar, 22, on first-floor stairs of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where doctors declared him dead at around 6.30 am on October 7, 2019.
Abrar, a second-year student of EEE department of Buet, was allegedly beaten to death by a couple of leaders of the then BUET unit of Chhatra League over his posts on Facebook.
Abrar’s father Barkatullah filed the case with Chawkbazar Police Station after the incident.
The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Many took to social media to demand justice for Abrar. Amid protests on the campus, the BUET authorities on October 11 the same year banned all political activities on the campus and suspended 19 students of the university, who were made accused in the case.