Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have suspended their decision of boycotting academic activities protesting an expelled student's attending classes for a week.
The students had called for the boycott after a lifelong expelled student and BCL leader Ashiqul Islam Bitu, who is accused of involving in the murder of Buet student Abrar Farhad, attended classes.
They announced the decision of continuing their academic activities for the next week after being assured by the administration.
Bitu and 25 others were expelled for being involved in the murder.
On 22 May, Ashiqul Islam Bitu joined an online class of Chemical Engineering. He had registered for four courses of the current term with the stay order of the court.
On 24 May, Buet students protested online against Bitu's return and gave an ultimatum till 29 May demanding cancellation of his current term registration. They also appealed against the court's stay order through the administration.
The protesting students held a human chain programme on campus on 27 May.
The Buet administration has already cancelled Bitu's registration and issued an official notice promising to complete the appeal work by next week.
The students said fresh protest programmes will be taken up again next week if their demands are not met.
In November 2019, the Buet authorities expelled 26 students including Ashiqul Islam for their alleged involvement in the much-talked-about Abrar Fahad murder.
Of them, 25 are charge-sheeted accused in the murder case. Six other students were given different terms of punishment for breaching discipline.
On 13 November 2019, the police framed charges against 25 current and former members of the Buet unit of the Bangladesh Chhatra League in connection with the murder of Abrar.
Among the accused, 21 have already been arrested while four others are absconding.
On 6 October 2019, activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League beat Abrar – a second-year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Buet – to death for his alleged affiliation with IslamiChhatraShibir politics.
The incident triggered nationwide protests, as students of different universities across the country took to the streets demanding the arrest and capital punishment of the killers.
Later, the Buet authorities banned the politics of teachers and students on the university campus, in keeping with the demands of protesting students.