Attack on teachers, students

DU observes ‘Black Day’

DU Correspondent

24 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka University (DU) observed the “Black Day” on Friday commemorating the “inhuman and sad” attack on the university’s teachers, students and officials on August 20-23, 2007 during the caretaker government regime.

Teachers, students, officials and employees of the university wore black badges marking the day.

In the morning, a human chain was formed at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla.

Students and teachers of Dhaka University (DU) took part in the human chain.

A discussion was also held at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) around 11:00 am with DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.

Speaking on the occasion, DU VC said, "The purpose of the Black Day observance is to take lessons from the incident.

It’s important to clarify that there's a misconception about the incidents on August 20-23. Actually, it was not a dispute between Dhaka University (DU) and Bangladesh Army.

The army is a symbol of our pride, independence and sovereignty as well as a national institution."

"On that day, the demands of the oppressed students were logical and they demanded a proper investigation into the incident.

If the then government and the university administration had acted in accordance with the demands of the students, those unexpected incidents would not have taken place. But the authorities failed to do that," he added.

Among others, Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) President Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal and Secretary Prof Dr Shibli Rubaiyat Ul Islam and Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) Vice-President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur addressed the event.