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Buet students call off protest

  • Published at 05:36 pm December 4th, 2019
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Buet students call off their protest on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The university authorities issued a notice, conceding students' demands, on Monday

The students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have officially called off their protest after the authorities conceded all the demands they had made earlier.

They announced the end of the strike at the base of the Buet Shaheed Minar on Wednesday afternoon.

The university authorities, it may be recalled, issued a new notice on Monday categorizing offences along with measures toward the punishment of students involved in ragging and political activities in the university, included in the Buet ordinance 1962.

The notice was signed by Prof Mizanur Rahman, director of the Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW).

The Buet authorities have met all the three demands voiced by students following the gruesome murder of their fellow student Abrar Fahad.

Abrar, a student of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, was beaten to death by Chhatra League men at the university's Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7.

Reading out a written statement, Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, a fourth year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department, told the media, "Our three-point demands have been met by the Buet authorities. The latest notice regarding punishment for ragging and student politics on campus issued by the authorities confirm the matter."

"We want the judicial process of Abrar's case to be completed fairly and swiftly. We hope that the court will give the case the utmost importance and fulfill the hopes of the general people," Sayem added. 

While talking to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday, DSW Director Prof Mizanur Rahman stated that the university authorities had held a meeting with the general students regarding the schedule of term finals of all the departments.

He said: "An academic council meeting will take place on Saturday to finalize the exam schedule. We are hopeful about the term finals commencing on December 28."

The Buet authorities on November 27 expelled 26 students on different grounds. Nine of them were expelled from their respective dormitories for life over allegations related to ragging.

Earlier on November 21, the university authorities expelled 26 students for life, 25 of whom were accused of being involved in Abrar's murder.

The expulsion moves came on the heels of a charge sheet submitted by police on November 13 against 25 Buet students, most of whom were Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists, in a case filed by Abrar's father.