Dhaka, Bangladesh
Hall provost bows out

Hall provost bows out

Down with VC, demand teachers, alumni

News Report: The provost of the hall of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology wherein a student was beaten dead resigned Wednesday amid demand that the VC and administrative teachers quit. In the wake of countrywide campus demonstrations triggered by the killing of Abrar, current students and alumni of BUET united in a movement demanding a purge of the varsity. The protesters put the university under a lockdown on a 10-point demands of the students and 7-point demands of the old boys and girls, disrupting classes, examinations and administrative function for a third day. Meanwhile, amid widespread and vehement protests over the killing of Abrar Fahad, the BUET Alumni Association on Wednesday demanded resignation of Vice-chancellor Saiful Islam. In a statement, the Alumni Association also demanded the overhaul of the administrative body. They raised seven demands, including justice for Abrar and punishment of the killers. Other demands include - forming a special tribunal to ensure punishment of the killers within a short time, permanent expulsion of the killers from Buet, banning student politics at Buet, resignation of VC and reform of administrative body, and ensuring security for students. The statement was signed by President of the Buet Alumni Association Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury. Former and current students and teachers of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) of Buet demanded ban on student politics at the university. Jafar Iqbal Khan, the provost of Buet's Sher-e-Bangla Hall, reportedly tendered his resignation on Wednesday amid protests over the killing of Abrar Fahad. "The provost has resigned," Buet Teachers' Association President Dr AKM Masud told students after a teachers' meeting. "The vice-chancellor and the administration body failed to carry out their duties," he said. Provost Jafar Iqbal could not be reached for comments. They brought out a silent procession on the campus in the morning and sought capital punishment of the killers of Abrar Fahad. EEE department Chairmen Professor Dr Shafiqul Islam, said, "We demand capital punishment of the killers. We don't want to see recurrence of such incidents." He said he hoped the university administration and law enforcers will take proper actions against the criminals to ensure justice. Meanwhile, Buet students are continuing protests for the third consecutive day on the campus to press for eight demands, including capital punishment for the killers.

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