A Bangladeshi undergraduate pupil killed in his dormitory on Sunday days after criticising the federal government on-line was overwhelmed for a number of hours earlier than he died, witnesses instructed the BBC.
Fellow college students say Abrar Fahad was taken from his room round 20:00 (14:00 GMT) and overwhelmed at the least 4 hours.
The physician who carried out the post-mortem on Fahad, who was 21, confirmed to the BBC his physique was closely bruised.
Fahad studied at Dhaka’s Bangladesh College of Engineering (Buet).
A number of members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) – the youth wing of the governing Awami League get together – had been detained in reference to the loss of life.
The BCL has been extensively accused of utilizing torture and extortion towards college students.
CCTV footage from Fahad’s dormitory confirmed a number of males carrying the sufferer’s physique. Police detained 9 males from the dorm, together with at the least 5 BCL activists.
By Tuesday the variety of arrests had risen to 13, police stated, all from Buet, whereas six extra suspects are being sought.
Dhaka deputy police commissioner Munstasirul Islam confirmed the scholar had been overwhelmed to loss of life.
Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of the forensic division at Dhaka Medical School Hospital, who examined Fahad’s physique, instructed the BBC: “There was a whole lot of blunt power trauma in his physique. We expect he died of assault with blunt objects.”
BCL members quoted by native media stated Fahad had been “questioned” and overwhelmed over alleged hyperlinks to an Islamist get together. That got here after he wrote a submit on social media criticising the federal government over a water-sharing cope with India.
In a press release, the BCL stated that after finishing up investigations it had expelled 11 members of its Buet division, bdnews24.com reviews.
‘Please take me to the hospital’
A Buet pupil who spoke to the BBC however didn’t wish to be named for worry of reprisals stated they’d seen Fahad alive at 02:00 in a room the place he had been overwhelmed.
“I noticed Abrar in room 2005, he was nonetheless alive and the police had been there… With assist from some junior college students I carried Abrar downstairs. He was nonetheless alive and he was saying, ‘Please take me to the hospital rapidly.'”
One other pupil who arrived on the scene stated a number of college students had gathered with the assistant provost of the dormitory to induce him to take motion, when members of the BCL began banging on the door, trying to realize entry.
Information of the loss of life led to protests on Monday in Dhaka and different cities. College students within the capital chanted slogans and blocked roads. Protests continued on Tuesday with college students at Buet demanding the loss of life penalty for these discovered responsible of the killing.
Former college students and members of the educating workers additionally joined the demonstration on the Buet campus. The killing has shocked Bangladesh and shone a lightweight on the tradition of violence in public universities.
“That is completely unacceptable that a pupil will die from torture in a residential corridor,” stated AKM Masud, president of the Buet Academics’ Affiliation, in response to Bangladeshi web site bdnews24.com.
“Abrar Fahad’s loss of life has proved the authorities’ full failure to make sure the protection of scholars.”
The place violence and torture are widespread
Evaluation by Mir Sabbir, BBC Bengali, Dhaka
Torture of public college college students by the scholar wing of the ruling events is nothing new. New college students are sometimes compelled to attend conferences and rallies simply to have the ability to keep within the dormitories. Beating and bullying of those that maintain totally different views or defy the order of the leaders is widespread.
When faculty college students participating within the 2018 street security protests had been overwhelmed by unknown attackers in helmets, BCL activists had been extensively blamed.
The identical yr, BCL supporters attacked protesting college students at Rajshahi College and photos of one of many victims being overwhelmed with a hammer went viral on social media.
Political events have for a very long time been utilizing their pupil wings as their muscle. Though the events aren’t allowed to have official pupil wings, their existence is simple.
Now even a senior chief of the Awami League has instructed BBC Bangla it’s time to rethink whether or not this type of politics needs to be supported. Many individuals in Bangladesh share the identical view, not least the dad and mom who’re dreaming of sending their youngsters to Buet in the future.