BUET students agitating to stop oppressive student politics

Udisa Islam
Published : 00:01, Oct 12, 2019 | Updated : 00:03, Oct 12, 2019

Students agitate in demand for punishment of the perpetrators and banning of student politics at BUET. SAZZAD HOSSAINThe BUET campus is in an uproar, demanding the punishment of the beating to death of a student of Sher e Bangla Hall, Abarar Fahad.
Students are agitating in demand for punishment of the perpetrators and banning of student politics at BUET.
On Wednesday, 9 October, even after 24 hours had elapsed over the declaration of the ten-point demands, the VC was not seen.
Students were saying that they want confirmation that such a heinous crime will not be committed within the campus.
The sixth demand of the ten-point demand states that organisational politics has to be stopped because under the banner of politics, a reign of terror has been imposed on BUET.
The points also state that juniors were intimidated into joining political rallies, abusing political force, students were evicted from dormitories and were psychologically and physically tortured.
The students are indignant over such activities and therefore, they demanded a permanent repeal of politics within the campus.
A student protester, said: “To avoid the repetition of such a savage incident, we are emphasising the stoppage of party politics; all of our demands want to free the campus from oppression; if the VC manages to uphold the spirit of the movement then he will come to meet us within the stipulated time.”
Director of Student Welfare Council, Mizanur Rahman, however, is playing a role in acting as a bridge between the VC and the students.
On 6 October night, Abrar, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the university, was beaten to death.
Some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders have been accused of beating him for his alleged involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Following the incident, Abrar's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police.
The BCL also expelled 11 of its members including Jiyon permanently from the organization for their alleged involvement in the murder.
The killing of Abrar sparked protest across the country with protesters demanding justice for Abrar and capital punishment for the murderers.
As of Friday, as many as 17 people have been arrested in connection to the murder.

Meanwhile, on Friday, authorities at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) banned the activities of all political student bodies on the campus.