None of Abrar's killers will be spared: PM

Published: 09 Oct 2019 Updated: 10 Oct 2019   

Samakal Correspondent

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing media on Wednesday afternoon at Ganabhaban. - Focus Bangla

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured that capital punishment will be ensured to those involved in the brutal killing of Abrar Fahad, a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

The Prime Minister came up with the assurance on Wednesday afternoon at Ganabhaban while addressing a press conference about the outcomes of her recent official visits to the USA and India.

Sheikh Hasina paid an eight-day official visit from September 22 to 29 in New York, US to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

After returning home, she paid a four-day visit to India from October 3-6 to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum and held bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Hasina returned home from India on October 6.

During press meet, the premier said that soon after receiving the news of the brutal murder of Abrar, she had ordered the law enforcers to take immediate action to arrest the murderers and collect information about the killing.

I have asked Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to take action against the leaders, activists involved in the incident. 

The Prime Minister has strongly cautioned that if any evil force wants to do evil politics centring the killing of Abrar would not be tolerated.

Replying to a query on student politics, she said, "If any educational institution wants to ban student politics it can do but we will not impose ban on student politics. Students have a leading role in every movement of the country. If BUET wants to ban student politics it can do it."

She said the leadership of our country has emerged from student politics. She has come here doing student politics and for this, they are working for the country.

"It does not mean to blame student politics for the incident happened at BUET. It is not politics. Where is the politics here? Torture cells at all educational institutions across the country will be searched out," said Sheikh Hasina.

"I have confidence in myself; what I do is for the benefit, for the goodness of the people," she continued.

Abrar, a second student of EEE, was beaten to death reportedly by leaders of BCL at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of Monday. Police recovered his body from the staircase of the dormitory on Monday morning. 

Meanwhile, 13 accused were arrested in connection with the murder. BUET students have been staging demonstration to press home their 10-point demand. All the academic activities of BUET will be kept shut if their demands are unmet, they threatened.

Meanwhile, Jafar Iqbal Khan, provost of Sher-e-Bangla Hall, has resigned from his post on Wednesday amid protests over the killing of Abrar.

The BCL has already expelled 11 leaders, activists of its BUET unit over their alleged involvement with the killing incident.


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