Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) Sher-e-Bangla Hall Provost Dr Zafar Iqbal Khan has stepped down following protests from students demanding justice for slain Abrar Fahad.
He handed in his resignation on Wednesday (Oct 9), confirmed BUET Teachers' Association President Dr AKM Masud Rana.
“The provost has resigned in line with the students’ demands,” he said and added that the resignation has been handed over to the authorities concerned.
Abrar, a second-year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was found dead in the stairway of the Sher-e-Bangla dormitory in the early hours of Monday (Oct 7).
He was beaten to death allegedly by the university unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders for his Facebook status regarding the instruments signed between India and Bangladesh and for his alleged involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir, Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing.
Quoting the students of the dormitory, police said that he was called up from his room at 7:30pm on Sunday (Oct 6).
Later, his body was found on the first-floor stairway of the hall at 2am on Monday and post mortem reports showed that he was beaten of death.
His father filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police station on Monday evening and police have made 13 arrests over the matter.
Bangladesh Chhatra League later expelled 11 of its members permanently from the organization for their reported involvement in the killing.
The incident sparked nationwide protests with protesters demanding justice for Abrar and capital punishment for the killers.
Meanwhile, the BUET Alumni Association are demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor Saiful Islam who remained absent from the scene for two days since the murder and only turned up at the university premises on Tuesday amid student protests.