Thursday, 23 March, 2023

KU observes Katka Tragedy Day

KU observes Katka Tragedy Day
Teachers and students of Khulna University (KU) bring out a mourning procession on the campus on the occasion of Katka Tragedy Day on Monday. On March 13 in 2004, nine students of KU and two students of BUET were swept away by powerful current while bathing in the sea near Katka of the Sundarbans. – SUN PHOTO

KHULNA: The teachers, students, officials and employees of Khulna University (KU) on Monday observed the ‘Katka Tragedy Day’ through various programmes, reports BSS.

The KU authorities observe the day-March 13, every year as a mourning day and pays homage to11 students who were drowned in the sea near Katka area of the Sundarbans in 2004.

Programmes of the day were including wearing of black badges at 9:00am, mourning procession round the campus from university Shaheed Minar at 9:15am, laying of wreaths at Katka Memorial on the campus, milad mehfil after Zohar prayers at the university mosque, feeding of the destitute at 2:00pm, condolence meeting at 6:30pm, candle lighting at 7:00pm and screening of a documentary film show at 7:30 pm.

KU teachers association, officers’ welfare association, Architecture Discipline and other organizations have also paid homage at Katka memorial.

Pro-vice Chancellor of Khulna University Professor Dr Hosneara led the mourning procession. Treasurer, Deans and Heads of various Disciplines attended the event.

Later, a discussion was held at the Katka Memorial with head of architecture discipline professor Dr Sirajul Islam in the chair. Pro-VC Dr Hosne Ara, Treasurer Dr Amit Roy Chowdhury, among others, addressed the event.

On March 13, 2004, nine final year students of the Architecture department of Khulna University and two students of Mechanical department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), were swept away by powerful current while bathing in the sea near Katka of the Sundarbans.

The 11 students went to the Sundarbans for sightseeing and to join a picnic. The victims were Arnaj Rifat Rupa, Kauser Ahmed Khan, Ashrafuzzaman Toha, Kazi Abdul Muyeed bin Walid, Munadil Raihan bin Mahbub, Abdullah-hel-Baki, Maksumul Aziz Mostaji Nipun, Touhidul Enam Opu, Mahmudur Rahman Russel of Khulna University while Samiul Hasan Khan and Shamsul Arefin Shakil of the BUET.