The students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have postponed their protests over the murder of Abrar Fahad with a pledge to remain vigilant against injustice and discrimination.
They also pledged to stand-up against crimes, communalism and misuse of power on campus.
On Wednesday (Oct 16), the students who have been protesting for the last nine days with a 10-point demand, announced temporarily halting the students through a mass oath at the BUET auditorium.
The students, however, said that they will not take part in the academic activities until the suspects are charged and expelled from the university.
They said that even though protests are postponed, the implementation of their demands will remain under watch.
BUET Vice Chancellor Dr Saiful Islam, Student Welfare Association Director Mizanur Rahman, hall provosts took oath along with the students prior to observing one-minute silence for Abrar.
“Any decision regarding the expulsion of the accused students will be finalised after the probe committee report,” VC Islam told the media after the ceremony ended.
On Oct 7, Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the university, was found dead on the staircase of BUET’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall.
He was bludgeoned to death allegedly by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s BUET unit leaders and activists for his social media post criticizing the recent Bangladesh-India deal on sharing the water of Five River.
Abrar's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case against 19 people with the capital's Chawkbazar police on Monday (Oct 7) evening.
The police have so far arrested 20 people over the murder that sparked protest across the country with protesters demanding justice for and capital punishment for the perpetrators.
The BUET authorities also banned the activities of all political student bodies on the campus amid the student protest.