Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on Thursday expelled 26 students for their alleged involvement in the murder of fellow student Abrar Fahad inside a hall of the university on October 7.
The Board of Residence and Discipline of the university took the action based on a report of the probe body formed following the murder, said a release of the university.
It said that 25 of the expelled were named in the charge sheet the police filed on November 23 in the murder case.
The university also punished six other students for varying terms for violating discipline terms, said the release.
All the expelled and punished students were leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League, campus sources said.
Of the expelled students BUET Chhatra League general secretary Mehedi Hasan Russel of civil engineering, vice-president Muhtasim Fuad of civil engineering, organising secretary Mehedi Hasan Robin, information and research affairs secretary Anik Sarkar, deputy social welfare secretary Ifti Mosharrf Sakal, sports secretary Meftahul Islam Zion of naval architecture and marine engineering, water resources student Moniruzzaman Monir, civil engineering student Muzahidur Rahman Muzahid, Khandaker Tabakkharul Islam Tanvir, Muntasir Al Jemi of chemical engineering, ASM Nazmus Sadat, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim,Mohammad Shamim Billah of the marine engineering department, Morshed Amartya Islam, Hossain Mohammad Toha,
Mujtaba Rafid, Mizanur Rahman, SM Mahmud Setu, Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna of mechanical engineering, Amit Saha, Majedur Rahman of marine engineering, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, Moaj Abu Huraira, Mohammad Akash of civil engineering and Morsheduzzaman Mondal were named in the charge sheet. Another expelled student Ashiqul Islam was, however, not named in the charge sheet.
Six other students Abu Nawshad Sakib, Saiful Islam, Mohammad Galib, Shaon Miah, Shakhawat Iqbal Ovi, Mohammad Ismail were also punished for varying terms on charge of violating discipline.
Abrar, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department, was beaten to death by Chhatra League leaders at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall on October 7.
His killing, which followed his Facebook posting on critical views over India-Bangladesh deal, had triggered protests nationally and internationally.
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on November 14 placed a fresh three-point charter of demands to resume academic activities after police submitted charge sheet against 25 Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders for torturing their fellow Abrar to death.
The demonstrators, who are boycotting all academic activities since October 16, said they would not go back to studies until those involved with Abrar murder are expelled from the university permanently.
Their other two demands include action against those who were involved in ragging at different halls of residence of the university in the past, and inclusion of new chapter in the university’s ordinance against organisational student politics and action against ragging.
Aniruddha Ganguly, a student of computer science and engineering, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon at BUET Shaheed Minar.
Aniruddha also said that they submitted their fresh demands to the university authorities on November 2 but though two weeks already elapsed but there was no visible progress.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional commissioner Monirul Islam at a briefing at their media centre on Wednesday said they identified 11 of the 25 who were involved in the torture that left Abrar dead while the rests were ‘directly’ or ‘indirectly’ involved with in brutal killing, but he did not name the 11.
Monirul said they named 25 students of the university, including 19 named in the first information report filed with Chawkbazar police station by Abrar’s father Barkat Ullah.
The charge sheet mentioned 21 of the 25 accused were arrested while the rest four were still in hiding, Monirul said, adding that they named 31 prosecution witnesses, including Abrar’s six family members, 7 teachers BUET and physician, 13 students, and five employees.
Eight of the 25 suspects made statements before metropolitan magistrates in Dhaka in the midst of investigation reportedly confessing to the torture and murder.
Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering at the university, was tortured to death by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall, allegedly for his critical views on social media over the recently signed deals between Bangladesh and India.
The students began boycotting classes and examinations on October 16 seeking permanent expulsion of the killers from the university capping their 11-day-long field agitation.
The students earlier placed 10-point demands that include rustication of the killers of Abrar from the university, capital punishment to them, compensation to Abrar’s family, bearing the expenses for running the case, speedy trial of the case, making the charge sheet public, rustication from the university of all those involved in torturing students in the past and banning organisation-based student politics at the university.
In the face of the student agitation, the university authorities issued five separate notices announcing a ban on organisation-based politics on the campus, conducting drives against illegal occupants at the university halls and sealing off the student organisation offices at the university, introducing a web portal where students could file complaints about any kind of abuse.
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