DU to hold discussion on Black Day tomorrow
DHAKA, Sept 2, 2018 (BSS) – The Dhaka University (DU) authority will hold a discussion on “Black Day” tomorrow (Monday) marking the countrywide atrocities and repression on the university’s teachers, students and officials from August 20 to 23 in 2007 during the caretaker government regime.
DU students and teachers will wear black badges and all classes will be suspended from 11 am to 1 pm.
DU Vice-Chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman will preside over the discussion programme.
On August 20 in 2007, a violent clash ensued between some DU students and members of Bangladesh Army took place cantering a football match at central playground of DU. The military members severely beat up the students.
Thousands of DU students took to the streets protesting the incident and demanded withdrawal of the on-campus army camp at DU gymnasium and an apology from the troops.
The protest afterwards spread to all the educational institutions across the country.
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 several students and tortured them on August 23.
The attack sparked huge protest by the students against the army across the country. Since then the university observes the Black Day every year on August 23.