A Dhaka court on Tuesday framed charges against all 25 accused in a case lodged over the murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) student Abrar Fahad.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamaruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 framed the charges, initiating the trial officially. The tribunal also set September 20 to October 1 for examining prosecution witnesses.
After reading out the charges, the tribunal asked the 22 accused out of a total 25, who were present at the courtroom, whether they would like to plead guilty or not.
In reply all the accused pleaded not guilty and begged to be tried.
Earlier on November 13, 2019, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court took cognizance of the charge sheet in the case filed by Detective branch (DB) of police against 25 accused.
The case was later transferred to the speedy trial tribunal, allowing a plea of Abrar’s father.
According to the police, of the 25 accused, 11 took part in the gruesome murder directly and the others played role in the crime one way or another. Of those arrested, eight have given confessional statements before court.
BUET students and the university authorities found the body of Abrar, 22, on the first-floor stairs of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where on-duty doctors declared him dead at around 6.30 am on October 7, 2019.
Abrar’s father filed the murder case with Chawkbazar Police Station.