Hossen Sohel for DOT
 Twenty-two accused in the case over the murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad have claimed they are innocent of the charges against them.
 The accused submitted the claim in writing to Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 on Sunday, report Bangla Tribune, Jago News.
 Abrar, a second-year student of the electrical and electronic engineering department, was killed after he had been brutally beaten overnight by leaders and activists of the BUET unit of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university in the early hours of October 7, 2019.
 They killed Abrar after he had criticised several treaties signed between India and Bangladesh in October 7, 2019. The victim’s father, Barkat Ullah, filed a murder case with the Chawkbazar police station.
 The murder sparked huge protests and criticism across the country as academic activities at BUET almost became paralysed in protests. On September 15, 2020, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 charged the 25 BCL activists with torture and murder of Abrar.
 All accused were charged with murder under Section 302, murder with common intention under Section 34, abatement under Section 109 and abatement with presence during the murder under Section 114 of the Penal Code.