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Writ seeks ban on student politics, ragging at public universities

  • Published at 01:01 pm October 13th, 2019
A student paints grafitti on a wall of the Dhaka University campus on Saturday, October 12, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 13 people were made respondents to the writ

A writ has been filed with the High Court seeking a ban on student politics and ragging at all public universities across Bangladesh.

Supreme Court lawyer Yunus Ali Akand filed the writ on Sunday morning.

A total of 13 people, including the education, home and cabinet secretaries, and the vice chancellors of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Dhaka University, Jagannath University Jahangirnagar University and Chittagong University were made respondents to the writ.

In the writ, Akand also pleaded to the High Court to direct the government to give compensation to slain Buet student Abrar Fahad, who was beaten to death inside the university on October 7. 

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The Chhatra League orchestrated the attack because it suspected that Abrar had connections with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. That allegation is yet to be proven.

Following Abrar’s death, many students, who had remained quiet about ragging and torture at Buet, came out and shared their stories of horrors.

In face of the protests, Buet banned student politics from the campus and suspended the studentship of the 19 accused.