VC goes ‘missing’ as BUET boils

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 17:56, Oct 08,2019 | Updated: 18:05, Oct 08,2019


Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology vice-chancellor Saiful Islam.-- New Age file photo

Though his students burst into protests against the killing of Abrar Fahad, vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Saiful Islam could not yet appear before them.

In the morning, the angry students of the university threatened that they would announce a fresh programme if the vice-chancellor does not appear on the campus by 5:00pm Tuesday.

‘Though the deadline is over, the vice-chancellor was not seen on the campus,’ said the UNB correspondent from the spot.

About the vice-chancellor’s absence, the university teachers’ association president AKM Masud said it is unexpected that the vice-chancellor has not yet visited the campus.

Tension on the university campus escalated as its students came out from different halls of residence and gathered in front of the university’s central cafeteria around 10:00am to press home their eight-point demand, including the arrest of all the accused in Abrar Fahad murder case and their capital punishment.

Expulsion of all the identified killers from the university for life within 72 hours, trial of the case under a tribunal, appearance of the university vice-chancellor Saiful Islam on the campus by 5:00pm, expulsion of the raggers who mentally and physically torture students for differences of opinions were among the demands.

Besides, withdrawal of Sher-e-Bangla Hall provost Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Khan before 5:00pm for his ignorance about the incident of driving out some students from the hall using political clout, bearing all the expenses of Abrar murder case by the university administration and compensation for Abrar’s family and banning party politics on the campus.

Abrar, 21, a resident of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university, was pronounced dead around 3:00am on Monday by the university’s medical officer Md Mashuk Elahi after he was mercilessly beaten by some Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of the university unit.

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