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Dhaka University observes Black Day

03 Sep,2018

BDchronicle: Teachers and students of Dhaka University on Monday observed 'Black Day' commemorating the inhumane attack on the university's teachers, students and officials on August 20-23, 2007, during the military-governed caretaker administration regime. 

With a demand for punishing the culprits, students and teachers wore black badges and held different programmes, including a discussion and a human chain, on the campus.

A discussion was held in the TSC auditorium in the morning with vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.

Praising the role of DU teachers and students in 2007, Akhtaruzzaman said that Dhaka University have played a leading role on that crucial time the country was going through in 2007.

He also demanded exemplary punishment to those who were responsible for this incident.

Among others pro-vice-chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad, treasurer Kamal Uddin Ahmed, DUTA president ASM Maksud kamal, general secretary Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, one student who was tortured then and officials of DU were present there.

Earlier, a protest rally was also held at Aparajeya Bangla of the university marking the day.

This year the university observed the day on September 3 as university was in vacation for Eid-Ul-Adha during August 23.

On August 20, 2007, army personnel beat three DU students and insulted a teacher on the DU gymnasium playground during a football match. The incident sparked clashes between police and students, spreading from DU to all other educational institutions in the country.

Two DU professors Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid were arrested on August 23, 2007.

Later, then DUTA president Sadrul Amin and Neem Chandra Bhowmick and a number of students were also arrested following the incident.

The unrest then led to the arrest of several DU and RU teachers and students on charges of breaking the Emergency Power Rules.

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