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Protesters bring out mourning procession against border killings

DU Correspondent | Published: 22:03, Feb 21,2020

 
 

Protesters on Friday brought out a mourning procession at the Dhaka University against border killings by the Indian Border Security Force expressing solidarity with the student who continued sit-in for the 28th consecutive day at the anti-hooliganism Raju memorial.

Nasir Abdullah, an MBA student of marketing department, started sit-in alone on January 25, when dozens of protesters also held a gayebana janaza—funeral prayer without bodies—seeking peach of the dead victims.

About 100 demonstrators brought out the procession that paraded several streets of the campus.

Addressing a rally after the procession, speakers said that due to the submissive foreign policy of Bangladesh, the government could not protest at the border killings, which was a great disgrace for a sovereign state.

They criticised the submissive attitude of the foreign ministry of the Awami League government and called on the Indian government to immediately stop killing Bangladeshi people.

Nasir said that his sit-in would continue until the government pressed its Indian counterpart to stop killing Bangladeshi people immediately.

Expressing solidarity with Nasir, different organisations held rallies, discussions, screened film at the spot of his sit-in over the past few days.

Nasir lauded students, academics and socio-political activists for expressing solidarity with him, but lamented the inaction of the government to address the issue.

Nasir called for a greater unity among students and general people to wage a tougher movement to put an end to the killings along borders by the Indian force.

The Indian border force killed at least 15 Bangladeshis along the border in January, according to the rights organisations and media reports.

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