The Committee for the Protection of Fundamental Right said on Sunday that the killing of BUET student Abrar Fahad was a cruel attack on the freedom of speech.
The rights body in a statement alleged that the murder of Abrar through torture resulted from curbing dissenting voices by force, criminalisation in politics, absence of justice and a culture of impunity.
Ruling party’s student organisation, university administration, the government and the leadership of the party concerned cannot avoid the responsibility, it said.
Abrar, 21, a second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department, was tortured to death by a group of leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League reportedly for his critical views on social media over the recently signed deals between Bangladesh and India.
The statement said that the constitutional rights of the people to freedom of speech and expression of dissenting voices were shrinking gradually after the enactment of the Digital Security Act 2018.
The committee expressed concern about fair trial of Abrar killing as the trials of previous murders on the university campuses were not held in due process.
‘We demand the law enforcement agencies should complete the investigation remaining above all sorts of influences and submit the charge sheet against the perpetrators as early as possible,’ it said.
The statement was signed by Iftekharuzzaman, Shahdeen Malik, Badiul Alam Majumdar, Asif Nazrul, CR Abrar, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Shahnaz Huda, Sara Hossain, Jyotirmoy Barua, Rahnuma Ahmed, Ferdous Azim, Dilara Chowdhury, Shapan Adnan, Shirin Haque, Farida Akhtar, Faustina Pereira, Shahidul Alam, Nur Khan Liton, Rezaur Rahman Lenin, Arup Rahi, Ziaur Rahman, Cynthia Farid and Hana Shams Ahmad.