Lifetime expelled Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Ashikul Islam Bitu, who was allegedly involved in the Abrar Fahad murder, reportedly joined an online class of the Chemical engineering department last Saturday with a 'stay order' from the court.
After noticing him in the class, his classmates protested by changing their Zoom profile picture with the text which read "No class sharing with a murderer". They urged the university authorities to cancel his course registration otherwise they threatened to boycott academic activities.
BUET authorities on 22 November 2019 expelled 26 students including Ashikul Islam Bitu permanently for their alleged involvement in the Abrar Fahad murder case. However, Ashikul Islam was not named on the police charge sheet and recently get a 'stay order' from the court against his expulsion decision.
BUET students informed that Ashikul registered four courses of level-3, term one after getting 'stay order' from the court
Later, students protested his joining the class and demanded the cancellation of his registration otherwise they will boycott classes from May 30.
Ashikul Islam told UNB, "I was not named in the charge sheet and was not involved with the murder. BUET expelled me for not helping in the investigation process. recently I get 'Stay order' from the court against my expulsion and return to the class maintaining all procedures. But I will not join further classes in this situation."
Abrar, a second-year student of the electrical and electronic engineering department, died after he was brutally beaten allegedly by some Chhatra League men at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university in the early hours of 7 October 2019.
The incident triggered a firestorm of protests on campuses across the country.
Abrar was murdered allegedly for his Facebook posts, which seemed critical of some deals with India.