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Sher-E-Bangla hall: A top torture cell of Buet Chhatra League

  • Published at 12:36 am October 9th, 2019
Sher-E-Bangla hall of Buet, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

Chhatra League men killed Abrar on Monday, wrongly accusing him to be an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist

Ehtasamul Azim, a fourth-year student of department of electrical and electronic engineering (EEE) and a resident at Sher-e-Bangla Hall, was tortured twice in his room, Room #202, by few Chhatra League activists and was forced to leave his room last week.

He was tortured as recently as last Thursday for expressing his anger against Chhatra League over a secret Facebook messenger group of roommates.

He was also tortured last year, during the road safety movement for a difference of opinion.

Not only Ehtasamul, a friend of his was beaten outside the room on Thursday, who has become slightly crippled and is yet to recover from the incident.

Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, Muztaba Rafid, Ashikul Islam Bitu along with another students were reportedly involved in the incident on October 3. The first two are allegedly involved in the killing of Abrar.

Chhatra League men killed Abrar on Monday, wrongly accusing him to be an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist.

It’s a tradition in Buet to torture students, and tag someone as an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist  if their opinion strays from that of Chhatra League, student sources claimed.

However, including Abrar who was beaten to death by Chhatra League activists, three were assaulted this month alone.

Dhaka Tribune spoke with hundreds of students of the Sher-e-Bangla Hall. Some said that at least 50 students were assaulted physically for the last one and a half year after Mehedi Hasan Rasel was declared general secretary (GS) of Buet Chhatra League.

On April 26, 2018, Bangladesh Chhatra League formed its unit at Buet with Kandokar Jami-Us-Sany and Mehedi Hasan Rasel as its president and general secretary, respectively.

Few final year students, who observed the campus politics over the last four years, told Dhaka Tribune that compared to that time, things got worse after Chhatra League came into power.

“Although students were beaten earlier for their alleged involvement with Shibir, they were not tortured in such manner. If they [Chhatra League] do not like anyone’s opinion, they simply beat them,” said a student, wishing anonymity.

Students claimed that Rasel told his followers to “exercise power” whenever they wanted and they were “exempted from any form of punishment.”

Wishing anonymity, a police official of Lalbagh police division, said: “If any kind of problems arose in Buet, I always found the name ‘Rasel’ associated with it.”

A number of students residing at Sher-e-Bangla Hall said that Sany and Rasel usually led the torture on the juniors.

First and second-year students of the hall claimed that they were tortured by immediate seniors in the last four months.

Most of the political students of Chhatra League stay in room number 2010-2012, 2005, 3005-3012.

Earlier students were tortured on rooftop but now they are tortured in the rooms of Sher-e-Bangla Hall.

One student claimed that the the reason behind the sudden increase in such kind of physical torture was due to “Rasel’s sudden rise to power.”

Seeking anonymity, a master’s student said: “After Sany and Rasel announced the full-fledged committee, they [Chhatra League] started behaving ‘radically’.”

At least 100 students were assaulted over the last two years around the campus.

When asked, why do they not seek help if tortured, one fourth-year student said: “If I would, I would be tagged as a Shibir activist.”

Terming torture “normal” in Buet, another student said: “The kind of torture Abrar faced would be considered common if he was not killed.”