The Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 on Wednesday completed hearing on charges against 25 expelled students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in the case filed over the killing of BUET student Abrar Fahad in October 2019.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman, on completion of the charge hearing, set September 15 for passing order on indictment of the accused and hearing on their bail petitions.
The court also asked the jail authorities to produce all the 22 detained accused, out of 25 accused in the charge sheet, before the court.
Defence lawyers sought discharge of the accused arguing that there was no element in the charges mentioned in the charge sheet to indict them.
Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of BUET, died after he was brutally beaten allegedly by the accused, mostly Chhatra League men, at Sher-e-Bangla hall of the university in the early hours of October 7 in 2019.
Later, his father filed a case with Chawkbazar Police Station against 19 BUET students.
The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Many took to social media to demand justice for Abrar.
On November 13, 2019, detectives submitted a 105-page charge-sheet against the 25 BUET students in connection with the murder case.
Of them, 22 accused were earlier arrested and they were remanded several times.
During the investigation, eight of the accused gave confessional statements to magistrates on different dates.
Three of the accused have been absconding since the incident.
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