Student killed for criticising B’desh govt
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.