Thousands of people, including the students of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, took to the streets on the campus and in the Sylhet city on Tuesday in protest at the murder of a former student of the university.
Former economics student Mahid Al Salam, son of the late advocate Abdus Salam of Pathantula area in the city, was stabbed by unidentified assailants at Kadamtali of Dakkhin Surm area in the city at about 1:00am.
He, however, died on the way to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, confirmed police.
Mahid also was the former literature and cultural affairs secretary of Mabhai Abritti Parishad, a recitation organisation of SUST students.
Students, wearing shrouds, held a sit-in in front of the Central Library of SUST at about 9:00am in protest at the killing. They sought justice for Mahid and demanded immediate arrest and trial of the suspected killers.
They brought out a procession, which was attended by teachers, on the campus.
Later, another procession was brought out from the campus that ended at Chowhatta intersection in the city in the afternoon after parading different roads in Pathantula, Madina Market, Subidbazar, Jalalabad, Ambarkhana and Dargah Gate areas.
The protesters held a rally in the crossing. Students of different public and private universities and colleges, leaders and activists of various socio-political organisations, including the ruling Awami League’s city president Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran, vice-president Abdul Khaliq and Bangladesh Nationalist Party city general secretary Badruzzaman Selim, participated in the protest.
Later, the agitating students submitted a petition to the deputy commissioner Numeri Zaman to press the demand.
Mahid came under attack when he reached by a rickshaw at Kadamtali adjacent to Central Bus Terminal at Dakkhin Surma in the city, police said.
Dakkhin Surma police officer-in-charge Khayrul Fazal said the body was handed over to his relatives in the afternoon after postmortem examination.
Reason behind the killing could not be known immediately, while preparation filing of a case was going on until Tuesday evening.