9th December, 2021
A court in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has handed down death sentences to 20 students accused in the murder of the Bangladeshi student Abrar Fahad in 2019.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 jailed five others to life imprisonment in the murder case.
Fahad was a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
The court found all the accused guilty for the murder.
Of the convicts three have absconded since the incident, while the rest are now behind bars.
Fahad, a second-year BUET student, died in the early hours of Oct. 7, 2019 after he was brutally beaten at a hall of the university by some leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
The league was the ruling Bangladesh Awami League party-backed student organisation.
Fahad was beaten to death reportedly over a social media post, critical of the government.
The brutal death of the student sparked protests of students across Bangladesh.
The court in the verdict mentioned that the highest punishment to the accused is aimed at preventing repetition of an incident of the similar fashion in future.