Dhaka University (DU) will observe the ‘Black Day’
today in memory of the ‘inhuman, sad and condemnable’ attack on the university’s teachers, students and officials on August 20-23, 2007 during the then caretaker government tenure.Teachers, students, officials and employees of the university will wear black badges, marking the day, said a DU press release. A discussion will also be held at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) at around 11:00 am with DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
On August 20 in 2007, some military personnel severely beat up students of Dhaka University (DU) and a violent clash took place between them centering a football match at DU central playground.
Thousands of DU students took to the streets protesting the incident and demanded withdrawal of the army camp from the campus and an apology from the troops.
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 eight DU students on the night of August 23 and reportedly tortured them.
The incident also sparked clashes between police and students later, spreading from DU to all other educational institutions across the country. Since then, the university observes August 23 as the Black Day every year.