‘Abrar was a protester’

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:21, Nov 14,2019


Abrar Fahad

Senior officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday said slain engineering student Abrar Fahad was a protester and his defiant attitude and critical views provoked his fellows to carry out attack on him.

Terming Abrar a protester, the DMP’s spokesperson and additional commissioner Monirul Islam said in the five-week investigation they did not find Abrar’s link with Islami Chhatra Shibir or with the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

‘He was basically a protester,’ Monirul told New Age.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities after a five-week investigation on Wednesday submitted charge sheet and named 25  students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology associated with Bangladesh Chhatra League for their involvement with the torture and killing of their fellow student Abrar Fahad inside Sher-e-Bangla Hall on October 7.

The DMP’s additional commissioner Monirul Islam flanked with his deputies and other colleagues in their media centre said they identified 11 out of 25 who were involved with beating Abrar that left him dead while rests had taken part ‘directly’ or ‘indirectly’ in the brutal killing. 

Monirul did not formally name the 11 suspects involved directly.

Abrar on October 5 criticised the government for allowing India to withdraw water from the Feni River of Bangladesh, access the Mongla seaport and for agreeing to supply gas to India on a Facebook post.

It was not only reason for he was targeted rather many other issues including his defiant attitude made the attackers angry with him, said Monirul. 

One of his colleagues then said it was normal when student staged protest against any misdeed.

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