20 student rights activists who were attacked in the second round were also detained by the police

Chhatra Odhikar Parishad leaders and activists were attacked by the Chhatra League at Dhaka Medical College Hospital for the second time for participating in the program to mark the death anniversary of BUET student Abrar Fahad. After that, the police arrested 20 people including the injured leaders and workers of the organization from there. They were detained from Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Hospital on Friday evening.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shahbagh Police Station Noor Mohammad confirmed the arrest.

Earlier in the afternoon, Chhatra League attacked the commemoration meeting organized by Abrar Fahad Smriti Sangsad on the occasion of the third death anniversary of BUET student Abrar Fahad. The activists of Student Rights Council who participated in the meeting were injured in the attack.

12 activists injured in the attack were immediately taken to DMK Hospital. They were being looked after by some other workers of Chhatra Odhikar Parishad. They said that after taking the injured to the hospital, the Chhatra League attacked them again.

About the attack on the Dhaka University area in the afternoon, Central Joint General Secretary of Chhatra League Mahbub Khan said, ‘All those who have come here are outsiders. DU administration and students do not want any kind of chaos in the campus. We did not attack. When the organizers asked whether they were DU students or not, they attacked us.’

Bin Yamin Molla, President of Student Rights Council, complained that in the second phase, in the presence of the police, BCL workers attacked our leaders and activists in the hospital. Later, the police arrested some of our leaders and activists and took them to the police station.

He mentioned the names of Tariqul Islam, Nazmul Hasan, Sanaullah, Mamunur Rashid, Tauhidul Islam Tuhin, Dhaka University President Akhtar, Secretary Akram, Yusuf Rakib, Abu Kawsar among the arrested persons.

When asked about this from OC Noor Mohammad of Shahbag police station, he said that 20 members of Student Rights Council have been detained for questioning. They are being questioned about the afternoon incident.

He said that legal action will be taken in this regard later.

On the night of October 6, 2019, the body of Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, was recovered from BUET’s Sherbangla Hall. In this incident, Abrar’s father filed a case of murder at Chawkbazar police station. On November 13, 2019, the police filed a charge sheet against 25 students of BUET after investigating the case. Taking that into account, the court framed charges against the defendants on September 15, 2020. On December 8 last year, the court sentenced 20 students to death and 5 to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of Abrar Fahad. All of them are expelled leaders and workers of BUET branch Chhatra League. Three of them are absconding.

(Dhaka Times/October 7/KM)


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