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UN, UK deplore killing of student in Dhaka; killers will get highest punishment, says PM Hasina

A statement released by the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh on Wednesday said that it deplores the killing of a young BUET student, allegedly for freely expressing his views.

It further said freedom of speech is a human right, and nobody should be harassed, tortured or killed for exercising it.

The British High Commission in Dhaka in a statement released on Facebook expressed shock at the incident and said that UK stands unconditionally for free speech, media freedom, human rights and the rule of law.

In the meanwhile opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that Abrar was killed for his Facebook posts against the recent agreement allowing India to draw water from Feni river.

Addressing media today BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded the cancellation of agreements with India.

However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday assured that highest punishment will be given to those who killed Abrar.

Addressing the press in Dhaka on Wednesday she said she does not care about a person’s political identity when he commits a crime.

Speaking about the agreement to give 1.8 cusec water to India she said Feni is an international river and both countries have a right over it.

She said Bangladesh will only supply a small volume of water from Feni River to the Sabroom town in India’s Tripura.

Police have arrested 13 BUET students, including the general secretary of the BUET unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for the murder of Abrar.

BUET student Abrar Farhad was beaten to death on Monday inside his hostel allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders.

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