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Dhaka University observes “Black Day”

Md. Mahdi-Al- Muhtasim Nibir


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Dhaka University observes “Black Day”

Dhaka University observes “Black Day”

Dhaka University (DU) observed “Black Day” marking the countrywide atrocities and repression on the university’s teachers, students and officials from August 20 to 23 in 2007 during the caretaker government regime.

With a demand to punish the culprits, students and teachers of DU wore black badges and held different programmes, including a discussion and a human chain, on the campus on August 23. All classes were suspended from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Speaking at the discussion, DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique demanded immediate punishment of the culprits.

 “If the culprits get punishment, none will dare to commit such crime in future,” he said while addressing the event as chief guest. Recalling the heinous attack, He urged all to be concern to continue the practice of democracy and freedom of speech in the country.

DU authority organised the discussion at TSC auditorium where DU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Prof Nasreen Ahmad and Pro-VC (Administration ) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, Treasurer Prof Kamal Uddin, Prof Mohammad Anwar Hossain spoke, among others.

A protest programme was also held at DU Aparejeyo Bangla premises where Prof Anwar Hossain who was arrested in 2007 urged the government to take steps to punish the perpetrators of the heinous attack.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Poet Dr. Muhammad Samad, Vice-Chancellor of National University Prof Dr. Harun-or-Rashid, VC of Jagannath University Prof Mijanur Rahman, Prof Dr. A K M Golam Rabbani also spoke at the rally.

On August 20, 2007, a violent clash ensued between some DU students and members of Bangladesh Army took place centering a football match at central playground of DU. The military members severely beat up the students.

Thousands of DU students took to the streets protesting the incident and demanded withdrawal of the on-campus army camp at DU gymnasium and an apology from the troops. The protest afterwards spread to all the educational institutions across the country.

Following the clash, the then army-backed caretaker government imposed a curfew on the divisional cities and later arrested four DU teachers- Prof Dr Anwar Hossain, Prof Dr Sadrul Amin, Prof Dr Harun-or-Rashid and Prof Dr Neem Chandra Bhowmick and several students and tortured them on August 23.

The attack sparked huge protest by the students against the army across the country.

Since then the university observes the Black Day every year on August 23.