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BUET students call off protest as authorities accepted demands

Published : 04 Dec 2019 09:57 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 09:30 AM

The agitating students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) announced on Wednesday that they are calling of their strike and return to classes.

The announcement came as the university authority met all their three-point demand including expulsion of 26 students for their alleged involvement in the Abrar Fahad murder case.

The general students of the university have expressed their satisfaction with the decision of the BUET agitating students.

BUET students were protesting long after their fellow Abrar Fahad was brutally beaten and murdered by some BCL leaders in BUET hall.

A representative of the protesters, Mahmudur Rahman Sayem made the announcement at a press conference in front of the BUET Central Shaheed Minar at around 4:30pm on Wednesday.

"We began our protest after the murder of BUET student Abrar Fahad on October 7 and we have been protesting since then with 10-point demand including justice for Abrar, expulsion of accused murderers and immediate arrest of them, banning student politics in campus," Mahmudur Rahman Sayem told reporters at the press conference.

“We thanked BUET authorities for fulfilling all of our demand,” he also said.

The students thanked the law enforcement agencies for their prompt initiative to arrest suspects and file charge sheet against them.

They also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direct supervision in the case, that helped bring speedy progress in the murder case.

“After banning students’ politics in campus, we decided to call off our agitation through a mass oath taking ceremony and discontinuing class-exam boycott,” Mahmudur Rahman Sayem also said.

Antara Madhuri Tithi, A spokesperson for the protesting students, said, 'We are satisfied with the part dealing with ragging since it is well defined.'

“However, we have some concerns regarding this notice. We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday with our DSW and the deans, and we will notify the media about our stand later in the day,” she added.

BUET authorities on Monday issued a notice which announced fulfilling all of the student’s demand and categorizes offences along with measures toward punishment of students involved in ragging and being involved in political activities in the university.

Ragging leading to death, serious “bodily harm”, any form of disability, permanent mental imbalance or trauma, disruption of academic life of any BUET students will be expelled from the university permanently, says a notice issued by the university

authorities on Monday night. The university legal affairs officer will also file a case following due process in connection with the incident, notice said.