Stu­dent killed for crit­i­cis­ing B’desh govt

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Dhaka: Po­lice in Bangladesh were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing of a stu­dent at a univer­sity dor­mi­tory al­legedly by stu­dent ac­tivists loyal to PM Sheikh Hasina af­ter he crit­i­cised a wa­ter-shar­ing deal with In­dia.

Last week­end’s killing has sparked protests at the Bangladesh Univer­sity of Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy in Dhaka. Po­lice have ar­rested at least­11s­tu­dents for their al­leged in­volve­ment, said po­lice spokesman.

Hasina has promised jus­tice to the family of Abrar Fa­had, a sec­ond-year stu­dent of the coun­try’s lead­ing tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tute.

On Wed­nes­day, hun­dreds of stu­dents and teach­ers took part in a silent pro­ces­sion on the cam­pus to de­mand jus­tice.

Friends say Fa­had was tar­geted af­ter he crit­i­cised in a Face­book post the deal signed dur­ing Hasina’s re­cent visit to New Delhi. He also ques­tioned an­other deal signed dur­ing the same visit for ex­port­ing petroleum gas to In­dia from Bangladesh.

The ar­rests were made af­ter CCTV footage showed an ap­par­ently in­jured Fa­had be­ing taken by a group of stu­dents to­ward a stair­case from a cor­ri­dor. He was re­cov­ered there af­ter doc­tors de­clared him dead. Ac­cord­ing to the au­topsy re­port, he died of se­vere in­ter­nal bleed­ing from beat­ings with blunt ob­jects such as cricket game stumps or sticks.

Abarar Fa­had

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