A Dhaka tribunal yesterday deferred to October 5 the trial of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad murder case against 25 accused as the complainant was unwell.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka fixed the date following a petition from the prosecution.
The prosecution said Md Barkatullah, father of the victim and also the complainant, have been suffering from jaundice. So, the hearing should be adjourned, the prosecution added.
During yesterday's hearing, the complainant was present in the court, but he was not in a position to give deposition, while 22 accused, now in jail, were produced before the court.
On October 7 last year, Abrar, a second-year student of Buet, was beaten to death by a group of Buet unit Chhatra League men in a dormitory.
Barkatullah filed a murder case on October 7 with Chawkbazar Police Station.
The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country. Many took to social media to demand justice for Abrar.
Amid protests, Buet authorities on October 11 banned all political activities on the campus and suspended 19 students, mostly leaders of the university's BCL unit who have been made accused in the case.
Eight of the accused gave their confessional statements before magistrates narrating the horrifying torture during investigation on different dates last year.
Inspector Md Wahiduzaman of Detective Branch of police submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka against 25 Buet students on November 13 last year.
On September 15, the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka framed charges against all 25 accused.
Three other accused -- Mustaba Rafid, Muhammad Morshed-Uz-Zaman Mondol alias Jishan and Ehtashamul Rabbi Tanim -- have been absconding.