20 sentenced to death,5 get life term for killing BUET student
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Twenty people were sentenced to death and five others to life term imprisonment in BUET student Abrar Fahad murder case.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka passed the order.
The 25 accused are: Chhatra League BUET unit's then General Secretary Mehedi Hasan Russel, Vice-president Muhtasim Fuad, Organising Secretary Mehedi Hasan Robein alias Shanto, Information and Research Secretary Anik Sarkar Apu, Literature Secretary Moniruzzaman Monir, Sports Secretary Meftahul Islam Zion, Library and Publication Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna, Deputy Social Welfare Secretary Ifti Mosharraf Shokal, Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary Amit Saha, Deputy Office Secretary Mustaba Rafid, and members Mujahidur Rahman Mujahid, Muntasir Al Jemi and Ehtashamul Rabbi Tanim, activists Khandaker Tabakkarul Islam Tanvir, ASM Nazmus Sadat, Majedur Rahman alias Majed, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Akash Hossain, Shamim Billah, Moaz Abu Hurayra, Mizanur Rahman Mizan, SM Mahmud Setu, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, Muhammad Morshed-Uz-Zaman Mondol alias Jishan and Morshed Amartya Islam.
Of them, Mustaba, Jishan and Tanim have been absconding since the incident, while the rest are now behind bars.
Around 11:45 am, 22 accused were produced before the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1. They were taken to the court from Dhaka Central Jail, Keraniganj.
In the early hours of October 7 of 2019, Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), died after he was brutally beaten allegedly by some Chhatra League men at Sher-e-Bangla hall of the university.
The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Many took to social media to demand justice for Abrar.
Abrar's father Barkat Ullah filed a murder case in this regard with Chawkbazar Police Station against 19 BUET unit BCL leaders and activists on October 7.
Amid protests, BCL expelled 12 leaders of BUET unit from the organization for breaching its discipline from October 7 to October 14.
Buet authorities on October 11 banned all political activities on the campus. Later, they on November 21 expelled 25 students, mostly leaders and activists of the university's BCL unit, from the university in connection with the murder case.
On November 13 that year, Inspector Md Wahiduzaman of the Detective Branch of police submitted the charge sheet of the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka against 25 accused.
During the investigation, eight accused -- Anik, Robein, Ifti, Monir, Zion, Mujahid, Tanvir and Sadat -- gave their confessional statements to different magistrates.
On September 15 last year, the tribunal framed charges against the accused.
Earlier, 46 prosecution witnesses gave their depositions before the tribunal.
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