Bangladeshi Student Killed for Criticizing State, Sparks University Protests

Students in Bangladesh staged protests and blocked major roads Monday after an undergraduate was beaten to death, allegedly by ruling party activists, for criticizing the government over a water-sharing deal with India.

Protests broke out at several universities in Dhaka and the northern city of Rajshahi following the killing of Abrar Fahad of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Students chanted slogans demanding “justice” and blocked major roads in the two cities. Teachers joined some of the protests.

A student sits during a protest in Dhaka, next to a portrait of Abrar Fahad, who was allegedly beaten to death by ruling party activists.

Police arrested nine students for their involvement in a brutal murder of their fellow student. in capital Dhaka after examining CCTV footage and an autopsy report which stated Abrar Fahad, 21, died of internal bleeding, an investigating officer told reporters in a briefing.

The deceased, a sophomore at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, was taken to the dorm on Sunday night by students belonging to the Chhatra League, a student-wing of the ruling Awami League party, according to the local media.

His body was found in his university dormitory and media quoted other residents as saying that members of the student wing of the ruling Awami League had interrogated and beaten him.

Hours earlier, Fahad put up a post on Facebook that went viral. In it, he criticized the government for signing an accord that allowed India to take water from a river that lies on the boundary the two countries share.


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