Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique on Sunday demanded exemplary punishment to those who were involved with the attack on teachers and students of the university on August 20-23, 2007 during the then military-backed caretaker government.
"The evil forces, which had assassinated Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members in 1975, as well as killed the four national leaders, attempted to kill Sheikh Hasina by launching grenade attack at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, had carried out attacks on teachers and students of Dhaka University on August 20-23, 2007", he said.
The vice-chancellor said while addressing a discussion at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University, BSS reports.
The August 23 is marked as the Dhaka University Black Day on the campus. Clad in black badges, teachers, students, officers and employees of university joined the discussion.
DU Treasurer Professor Mohammad Kamal Uddin and Dhaka University Teacher's Association (DUTA) President Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed also addressed the discussion.
Prof Arefin said the united movement of the university teachers, students, officers and employees during the rule of military-run caretaker government expedited the path to reestablish democracy in the country. "The courageous roles of the university family freed the country from darkness during this period," he said.
He called upon all to remain alert to resist the recurrence of such kind of incidents to continue the democratic practice and freedom of expression.
During a football match at university central playground on August 20, 2007, some Army personnel had beaten up several students. In protest against this incident, the students waged a movement as the then military-run government imposed curfew.
And four DU teachers and eight students were arrested on the night of August 23 and they were tortured.