Alexa BUET students call off movement, decide to return classes

BUET students call off movement, decide to return classes


Published: 18:48 4 December 2019  

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Protesting BUET students have called off the ongoing movement and decided to return the classes after the university authority met their three-point demand including expulsion of its 26 students for their alleged involvement in Abrar Fahad murder case. Protesting BUET students will start classes from December 28.

The protesters thanked the university administration for accepting all their demands.

The announcement was made from a press conference organized by the students of the university on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, a fourth-year student of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), on behalf of the students.

Meanwhile, authorities issued a notice last Monday night declaring the highest punishment for ragging and student politics forever. Through this, all three demands of the students were fulfilled.

Abrar, a second-year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, was beaten to death by a group of Chattra League men at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall between the night of October 6 and early hours of October 7.

The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Many took to social media to demand justice for Abrar.

Protesting the murder, the students of Bangladesh University of Engineers and Technology have been demonstrating since October 8 with 16-point demands including expulsion of all the accused of the sensational murder.

The agitating students later merged their demands into three points and announced that they would resume their academic activities if the demands are met.

The two other demands are punishment of the students involved in previous cases of ragging; enacting rules that prohibit ragging and organization-based politics on the university campus.

On November 26, BUET authorities expelled its 26 students for their alleged involvement in Abrar Fahad murder case. Of the 26 students, police have already pressed charges against 25 students in the murder case.

The Board of Residence and Discipline of BUET took the decision based on a report submitted by a committee formed to investigate the killing incident of Abrar Fahad.

The authorities also gave different terms of punishment to six more students for breaching the university discipline, the release said.

On November 28, Buet authorities also suspended nine other students for their involvement in ragging at Suhrawardy and Ahsan Ullah halls.

The Board of Residence and Discipline also suspended 21 other students from their respective dormitories for different periods on the same grounds and alerted them for the future.

On December 3, Buet authorities decided that they will expel students if he or she is found involved in ragging that leads to death, serious “bodily harm”, any form of disability, permanent mental imbalance or trauma, and disruption of academic life of any fellow student.

The university law officer will also file a case in such a situation following due procedures, says a notice issued by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

The notice added that the authorities could impose fine, suspend or expel any student if his or her involvement in political activities was found.