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A child is at risk as agitating students and police lock in a battle on DU campus yesterday after the news of Abubakar's death spread. Inset, the home of Abubakar at Golabari village under Madhupur upazila in Tangail.
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Abubakar was right on track on the road to his dream. Many days he didn't see his mother. Many nights he spent without visiting home where his mother passed every moment with her mind swinging between pains and hopes that her son would realise his dream one day.

Abubakar Siddique, a third year student of Islamic history and culture at Dhaka University, also wanted to make his mother proud. He wanted to be a faculty member of the university. In an unspoken deal, both he and his mother bore the unbearable pain of separation waiting for the day when their dream would come true and they start living happily ever after.

In the evening yesterday, Abubakar returned home, but not as a university teacher. Abubakar returned home dead.

He died at DMCH yesterday morning after battling for around 30 hours since he was hit by a teargas shell fired by police during infighting of ruling Awami League's associated student body Bangladesh Chhatra League at Sir AF Rahman Hall.

"I want nothing in this world except safe return of my son," wailed Abubakar's mother Rabiya Begum.

His elder brother Abbas said his mother was repeatedly asking Abubakar to come home as he was away since Eid-ul-Azha.

"But every time he refused saying he would lose some precious time if he came home," said Abbas, who rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital hearing the news of his brother's death.

"I had sent my son to become a professor, not to return home dead," Abubakar's shell-shocked father Rustam Ali could only utter these words as his son arrived home for the last time in Golabari in Madhupur, Tangail.

Abubakar was the third among six siblings and the only hope for the family as he stood first up to the third semester and became second in the fourth semester among 160 students.

He took admission in the department under 2006-2007 academic session after completing his higher secondary education from Madhupur Shaheed Srmirty College in 2006 with GPA (grade point average) 4.2.

"Our family was eagerly looking forward to his big success… but everything has fallen apart. We are left with nothing but wounds of his departure," wept Abbas Ali, Abubakar's elder brother, who sacrificed his own education to run a grocery to bear the educational expenses of his more meritorious brother.

"Two months ago I asked him to stop tutoring as I wanted him to be the first in the class without any hassle," Abbas said, adding, my brother had nothing to do with politics.

"Abubakar was the most polite and gentle boy of the hall I have ever seen. He always spoke with a smile in his face and got himself busy in studying," comments Nadim, a senior student of the dormitory.

During a visit to the room 404 of the dorm where he lived, blood marks were found in different places. A blood-soaked book with his name inscribed was lying on the table as testimony to his devotion for studies.

The police fired four teargas shells into his room finding the doors closed. Abubakar with seven of his roommates took shelter in the balcony to avoid the smoke. But fortune did not favour him as some policemen fired shells from balcony of the fifth floor, one of which hit the back of his head.

"It's a great loss not only for the family but also for the people of the area as a son from a poor family reached the highest educational institution after long and hard labour," said Abdus Sattar, schoolteacher of Abubakar.

Whenever he came home on vacation, he worked in the field during harvest season and also worked as a laundry boy in the area, Sattar added.

As soon as the body reached home people burst into tears. Abubakar was buried at Golabari School ground where people joined his family to mourn the untimely death of a precious life, while the nation became the silent observer of the end of a dream.

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I am shocked ! Why a student will succumb to the injury inflicted by dirty politics !! What the hell our government doing ! It is in the heart of Dhaka, our capital. Unfortunate Bangaldesh!!

: Sayeed Rushd

The student politics must be banned ! The political leaders always digress on this issue. Show example of any developed nation that have students participation in direct party politics?

: Ren zi


  • shakib
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:46 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    Two news today made me sadder, the loss of a child in the hands of a reckless driver and the loss of a possibility nurtured in poverty and anarchy. can we reach LDC status, should we try the six fugitive killers, do we need the DNA testing of a dead president seems to be the only talking points for a country that is atbest an abberration of itself. will the driver, the police or the responsible authority be ever tried for negligence of duty? they will not be is anyone's guess. what will give abubakar's mother her long nights of waiting back, what will fill the void of an unfulfilled wish left by the toddler? will anyone discuss these things in the next parliament? i wish.

  • Saleh-Rahim Ahmed
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 01:13 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    Story is not only the heart breaking it tells our appalling administrations' responsibilities! Definitely our political leaders and authorities concerned have different views otherwise we could have seen some sense of securities and assurance in the life of countrymen!

  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 06:41 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    My only one question to our premier and home minister---whom to you blame for Abubakar untimely departure? BNP,JAMAT or JMB? if you guys have any repent for this incident as soon as possible leash your student wings once for all.

  • khokon
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 09:08 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    Stop forever such dirty politics as student politics are playing now a days. No further dead body. This should be finished just at this point. Pls. prime minister, you must feel the importance of the occurrence and hope to take highest effective action.

  • MAC
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 09:48 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    1. shame to our political system and to our educational system. Both are collapsed. And also we as like abubakar. Why we become involved in politics??

  • Abu Kamal
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 09:49 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    How could you say you support student politics? Could you create life? you are not God Almighty? We want that kind of VC in DU who can create an atmosphere for study only, nothing else. DU standard is going on drain each and every year. It is the time now to act responsibly. Provide education for which students are admitted in DU. Not for politics!!!

  • Morshed Alom
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:05 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    This BCL will take AL to dooms day. If AL can not manage BCL, the party should dissolve its student body for some time and see the results.

  • Nipa Nasrin
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:42 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    why do you publish this kind of news?Nobody actually cares. Nothing changes. For a few moments we feel or pretend to feel the pain but the people who need to be concerned, remain stagnant and blind.

  • Alam
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:13 AM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    What to say. Shame on the politicians.

  • Mahamudul Kabir( BRAC UNIVERSITY)
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 01:30 PM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    Shame!!!! Is this called Student Politics? Why a Innocent Student will die for Politics.As citizen of Bangladesh i don't think Bangladesh will success in future and the reason will be those kind of Politics and our political leaders.

  • Commentor
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:53 PM GMT+06:00 (577 weeks ago)

    Again, a student has become the scapegoat of Chattra League's politics. How will BCL/AL leaders and intellectuals will console his mother and compensate irreparable loss of the family? What will they say in talk shows. Should not student politics be banned?





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