‘Black Day’ observed at DU

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Dhaka University vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman speaks at a programme observing Black Day at TSC auditorium on Friday. Photo: UNB.

Teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) on Friday observed 'Black Day' marking the attack on the institution’s teachers, students and officials on 20-23 August, 2007, during the military-backed caretaker government, reports UNB.

Demanding punishment of the culprits, DU students and teachers donned black badges and held various programmes on the campus.

A discussion was held at TSC auditorium in the morning with vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.

VC Akhtaruzzaman praised the then activities of DU teachers and students, saying that the university played a leading role at that crucial time.

He said it was not a conflict between the Army and the students. “If the then government realised the demands of the students, then the scenario could have been different,” he said. “But it failed to do so.”

Among others, DUTA president ASM Maksud Kamal, general secretary Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Dhaka University Central Students' Union vice-president Nurul Huq Nur and officials of DU were present.

Earlier, a protest rally was also held at Aparajeyo Bangla premises marking the day.

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