BUET students halt protests for entrance test

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 14:47, Oct 12, 2019 | Updated : 16:17, Oct 12, 2019

FILE PHOTOStudents of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have agreed to halt protests for two days so that the entrance tests for this year can be held.
The announcment was made on Saturday (Oct 12) from a demonstration at the Shaheed Minar of the campus. Protests have rocked the campus of one of Bangladesh's apex universities since Oct 7 after second-year student Abrar Fahad was tortured to death allegedly by leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
The move to halt protests comes after demonstrators on Friday (Oct 11) set five major demands and warned that they would not allow the admission test — slated for Monday (Oct 14) — to be held if their demands were ignored.
After a meeting with BUET Vice-Chancellor Saiful Islam the same evening, students decided to carry on with their protests, stressing on five of the 10 demands that they said can been met within a short period of time.
The demands are
>> Those who are involved in the murder of Abrar Fahad must be suspended from the university, and those who are named in the case charge sheet must be expelled
>> BUET administration will have to bear the all expenses of Abrar's case and due compensation should be provided to his family
>> BUET administration has to ban all organized student politics and seal off their offices on the campus, and all those (students) who are living in different halls illegally have to be ousted
>> A common platform should be attached to the BIIS account to expose all incidents of bullying and harassment, and a committee should be constituted to provide full monitoring and punishment to the culprits
>> All wings on all floors in each dormitory have to be brought under 24/7 CCTV monitoring.
At the same meeting, the VC announced to ban all sorts of political organization and their activities on the campus and suspended 19 students accused the case started by slain student Abrar Fahad’s murder.
Fahad, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department, was bludgeoned to death by some leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League's BUET unit inside the university's Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of Oct 7.
The murder sparked protests in BUET and elsewhere across Bangladesh.