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Judgment in Abrar killing case deferred

Published : 28 Nov 2021 10:07 PM | Updated : 29 Nov 2021 02:31 PM

A special tribunal on Sunday deferred till December 8 the judgement of 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 passed the order this morning, saying the judgement is yet to be readied.

Earlier police brought 22 accused, who have been arrested in the case so far, from jail at around 9.35 am and kept them at the lockup of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court. They were brought to the courtroom amid heightened security at around 11.40am.

The court proceedings started at 12.07 pm and the judge right away passed the short order, deferring the pronouncement of the judgement.

The tribunal on November 14 had set today to pronounce the judgement in the case as both the prosecution and defence concluded their closing arguments on that day. The tribunal on September 8 had framed charges in the case afresh.

BUET students and the varsity authorities found the seemingly lifeless body of Abrar, 22, on first-floor stairs of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where doctors declared him dead at around 6.30 am on October 7, 2019.

He was brutally beaten to death by a couple of leaders of the then BUET unit of Chhatra League over his posts on Facebook.

Abrar's father filed the case with Chawkbazar Police Station against 19. Police later included names of six others in the list of accused, after founding their involvement in the gruesome murder, in probe. 

The total 25 accused in the case are - Mehedi Hasan Russel, Anik Sarker, Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, Md Mehedi Hasan Robin, Md Meftahul Islam Jeon, Muntassir Alam Jemmy, Khandaker Tabakkharul Islam Tanvir, Md Muzahidur Rahman, Muhtasim Fuad, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Md Akash Hossain, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Md Mazedul Islam, Shamim Billah, Moaj Abu Hurayra and ASM Nazmus Sadat, Istiak Ahammed Munna, Amit Saha, Md Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, SM Mahmud Setu, Morsheduzzaman Jisan, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, Morshed Amatya Islam and Mostaba Rafid. Of these, Jisan, Rafid and Tanim are yet to be arrested and are being tried in absentia.

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