Buet issues notice banning politics

Protests called off for 2 days

Agitating students of BUET have decided to call off their ongoing protest programme for October 13 and 14 considering the admission test scheduled to be held on Monday (October 14). 

BUET students will provide cooperation to all aspiring students and their guardians who will come to the campus for the admission test, a spokesperson of the protesting students on Saturday said at Buet Shahid Minar.

Besides, the BUET authorities on Saturday issued notice banning organisational politics, prompting agitating students to end their protest. 

The authorities have already taken noticeable steps in realising the students’ 10-point demand, which included ban on organisational politics on the campus. The agitating students have decided to have faith on them, the spokesperson added.

After the announcement, most of the students were seen going back to their respective halls. Earlier, the authorities also announced a drive against illegal occupants at halls and seal off offices of student organisations on the campus. The university issued five separate notices signed by acting Registrar Dr Md Saidur Rahman.

In one of the notices, the university said it will introduce a web portal where students can submit complaints about being ragged. Buet authorities said students accused in Abrar Fahad murder will be expelled permanently after submission of charge sheet against them by police. 

The university also promised to bear expenses of legal proceedings of Abrar murder case and bring every floor of the dormitories under round-the-clock CCTV monitoring.

“We’ll resume protest if our five-point demands are not implemented by October 14,” one of the students said, declining to be named.

On Friday afternoon Buet Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Saiful Islam acceded to the demonstrators’ demands and announced a ban on organisational student politics on the campus and suspended 19 accused in Abrar killing case temporarily.

Meanwhile, Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of Buet’s electrical and electronic engineering department, was beaten to death allegedly by a group of Chhatra League leaders at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall between 7:00pm Sunday and 2:30am on Monday.

The murder triggered a firestorm of protests on university campuses across the country. Many took to the social media to demand justice for Abrar. The law enforcing agencies have already arrested 19 accused in connection of Abrar murder.