Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) authorities yesterday suspended nine students from the university for their involvement in previous incidents of ragging at Suhrawardy Hall and Ahsan Ullah hall.
Board of Residence and Discipline of the university took the decision following a report from a probe body formed by the university in light of students’ demands, according to two press releases from Buet.
Six students of Ahsan Ullah hall and three students of Suhrawardy hall were suspended from academic and other activities of the university for different periods of time, and expelled from their respective dormitories, the press releases added.
The suspended students are, Sabyasachi Das Dibya, Soumitra Lahiri, Plabon Chowdhury, Nahid Ahmed, Arnab Chowdhury, Md Forhad Hossain, Mobassher Hossen Shanto, ASM Mahadi Hasan, and Akib Hasan Rafin.
The board also suspended 21 other students from their respective dormitories for different periods on the same grounds and alerted them for the future. With this, two of the three demands of Buet’s protesting students have been fulfilled.
The third demand of the students is formulating specific rules prohibiting ragging and organisation-based politics.
Talking to journalists, Buet Directorate of Students Welfare Prof Mizanur Rahman said they would take a decision in this regard by next week. Abrar, a second-year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, was beaten to death by a group of Chhatra League men at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall between the night of October 6 and early hours of October 7.
On November 14, protesters placed fresh three-point demand, including expulsion of the accused in Abrar Fahad murder case, punishing students involved in previous incidents of ragging at Buet dormitories, and formulating specific rules prohibiting ragging and organisation-based politics.
The Buet authorities on November 21 expelled 26 students for their involvement in Abrar Fahad’s murder.