DU August Movement

Dhaka University students want trial of perpetrators

DU Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 24,2019


Dhaka University vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman addresses a discussion organised commemo-rating the August 20-23, 2007, events at TSC on the campus on Friday. — New Age photo

Dhaka University students staged demonstration on the campus on Friday demanding that the people behind the attack on students and teachers on August 20-23 in 2007 should be brought to justice.

The university teachers and students on Friday observed Black Day in memory of the attack on teachers, students and employees during the regime of military-backed interim government. 

Seeking justice, students and teachers wore black badges and held different programmes, including a discussion and a rally, on the campus.

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

Addressing the discussion, praising the then activities of DU teachers and students, Akhtaruzzaman said that Dhaka University had played a leading role on that crucial time.

He further said that the incident was not actually an attack and there would not be any clash between the soldiers, who are the pride of the nation, and the students if the then government had responded to the demands of the students.

But they (members of the government) failed, he added.

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

Earlier, a protest rally was also held near Aparajeya Bangla condemning police action on unarmed teachers and students, and seeking justice in the incident.

On August 20, 2007, army soldiers beat three DU students and insulted a teacher on the DU gymnasium playground during a football match. The incident sparked clashes between police and students, spreading from DU to all other educational institutions in the country.

Two DU professors Anwar Hossain and Harun-or-Rashid were arrested on August 23, 2007.

Later, then DUTA president Sadrul Amin and professor Neem Chandra Bhowmick and a number of students were also arrested.

The unrest then led to the arrest of several DU and RU teachers and students on charges of breaking the Emergency Power Rules.

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