Murder of Abrar Fahad
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|Died||October 7, 2019 (aged 21)|
|Cause of death||Torture by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders|
Abrar Fahad (b. 12 February , 1998- d. 7 Oct 2019), a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), was tortured and then killed by BUET's Chhatra League leaders inside BUET's Sher-e-Bangla Hall. The motive for the crime was Fahad's last Facebook post where he expressed his critical views about Bangladesh’s agreement with India allowing the country to withdraw water from Feni river. An autopsy report confirmed that Fahad was beaten to death by blunt objects (cricket stumps and bamboo sticks).
Abrar Fahad was born on 12 February 1998 in Kushtia, Bangladesh. His village home is in Kumarakhali, Kushtia. He finished early schooling from Kushtia Mission Primary School and later studied in Kushtia Zilla School. He has also studied in Notre Dame College, Dhaka. Having been a high performing student at Notre Dame College in Dhaka, Fahad was one of the top 20 students from Dhaka Board in Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination. He was also selected to study at the University of Dhaka (Genetics Engineering) and Dhaka Medical College after successfully passing the admission tests of the educational institutions respectively.In the University Of Dhaka,he occupied the 13th position in genetics engineering.According to some sources, an educational institution outside of Bangladesh selected him to study nuclear engineering- but he chose Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for his bachelor's degree. On 31 March 2018, he started studying in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)..In the Buet admission test,his position was 225.
Fahad’s home in Kushtia was next door to the home of AL leader Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif. His father Barkatullah worked as an auditor at BRAC and mother Rokeya Khatun a kindergarten teacher. He was the elder of two brothers, his younger brother Abrar Faiyaj is a second-year HSC student at Dhaka College. Faiyaj would stay at the Dhaka College hostel, near the Sher-e-Bangla Hall.
At the time of his death Fahad was a second-year (Term 1) student of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He was killed in room number 2011 in Sher-e Bangla Hall. He was staying in room number 1011 in the same hall.
On 6 Oct 2019, Sunday night, around 8 pm, some 3rd year students summoned Fahad and other second year students to room 2011 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall, claimed Ashikul Islam Bitu, a second year student of Chemical Engineering department and the assistant secretary of BUET Chhatra League. Anick Sarker, a Chhatra League leader, information and research affairs secretary of BUET Chhatra League, also a 4th year student of Mechanical Engineering and Amit Shaha, deputy law affairs secretary of the same unit, led the attack on him and beat Abrar the most. Police had recovered Abrar’s body at 3 in the early hours of Monday at the ground floor of Sher-e-Bangla Hall. Abrar was pronounced dead around 3 am by BUET Medical Officer Dr Md Mashuk Elahi. Footage captured by a closed-circuit camera installed on the residential hall's 2nd floor showed a few people dragging Abrar down the corridor by his hands and feet.
Fahad was killed for his writing on Facebook that condemned the recent India-Bangladesh deal (September-October 2019).In his Facebook status, Fahad had criticised as well as portrayed the grim picture of the signing of bilateral documents during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day official visit to India on September-October 2019.
In his lengthy Facebook post, Fahad also embodied the issues of allowing India to use Mongla port, withdrawing water from the Feni River and importing LPG from Bangladesh, despite India's noncooperation.
Fahad ended his Facebook status quoting some four lines from the poem ‘Sukh’, written by prominent female poet Kamini Roy.
Before his last Facebook post, Fahad had also written a stream of pro-Kashmiri posts which is said to have additionally drawn the ire of BUET Chhatra League thugs. Also, Abrar was a religious Muslim which was a major reason why his attackers falsely labeled him as "Shibir" and consequently, tortured him to death.
Students of different universities across the country held demonstrations on their respective campuses and demanded exemplary punishment of the killers of BUET student. His death triggered protests on the BUET and Dhaka University campuses.    Several hundred students of Dhaka University held a protest rally at the base of anti-terrorism Raju sculpture. Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University also staged a human chain on the campus demanding capital punishment of the killers of Abrar. In Khulna, students of Khulna University barricaded the highways in front of their campus tying their faces with black badges formed a human chain in the main gate of the university and protested the murder of Abrar. Rajshahi University students protested at the gruesome killing of Abrar Fahad. The students also blocked Rajshahi-Dhaka highway for half an hour. Students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology also held a human chain in front of main gate of the campus in Sylhet. The students later brought out a protest rally which paraded Sylhet-Sunamganj highway.
The BUET authorities banned all political activities on the campus and temporarily suspended 19 students, mostly leaders of the university’s BCL unit, accused in Abrar Fahad killing case.
Fahad's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case against 19 people with Chawkbazar police station. However, one of the key accused, Amit Saha, was not included in the police report. Later, police arrested 4 other suspects including Amit Saha despite they were not named in the official murder case.
|Name of the Accused||BUET Department (batch)||BCL Identity||Current Status||Court ruling|
|1||Mehedi Hasan Rasel||Civil Engr. ('13)||General secretary||Arrested|
|2||Muhtasim Fuad||Civil Engr. ('14)||Vice President||Arrested|
|3||Anick Sarker||Mechanical Engr. ('15)||Secretary of information and research affairs||Arrested|
|4||Mehedi Hasan Robein||Chemical Engr. ('15)||Organising secretary||Arrested|
|5||Ifti Mosharraf Shakal||Biomedical Engr. ('16)||Deputy social welfare secretary||Arrested|
|6||Moniruzzaman Monir||Water Resource Engr. ('16)||Secretary of literature||Arrested|
|7||Meftahul Islam Zion||NAME ('15)||Sports secretary||Arrested|
|8||Mohammad Majedur Rahman||Materials & Metallurgical Engr ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|9||Muzahidur Rahman Muzahid||Electrical & Electronic Engr. ('16)||Member||Arrested|
|10||Khandaker Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir||Mechanical Engr. ('16)||Member||Arrested|
|11||Hosssain Mohhammad Toha||Mechanical Engr. ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|12||Md Zisan||Electrical & Electronic Engr. ('16)||Member||Fugitive|
|13||Md Akash||Civil Engr. ('16)||Member||Arrested|
|14||Shamem Billah||NAME ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|15||Md Nazmus Shadat||Mechanical Engr. ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|16||Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim||Civil Engr. ('17)||Member||Fugitive|
|17||Md Morshed Islam||Mechanical Engr. ('17)||Member||Fugitive|
|18||Md Moyaz Abu Hurairah||EEE ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|19||Muntasir Alam Jemi||Mechanical Engr. ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|20||Amit Saha||Civil Engr. ('16)||Deputy law affairs secretary||Arrested|
|21||Ishtiaq Hasan Munna||Mechanical Engr. ('15)||Publication affairs secretary||Arrested|
|22||Md Mizanur Rahman||WRE ('16)||Member||Arrested|
|23||Shamsul Arefin Rafat||Mechanical Engr. ('17)||Member||Arrested|
|24||Md.Mahmud Shetu||Chemical Engr. ('14)||Ex-Member||Arrested|
|25||Mujtaba Rafid||Chemical Engr. ('16)||Deputy office secretary||Fugitive|