Politicians, academicians and activists on Saturday held a rally at Antihooliganism Raju Memorial in solidarity with Dhaka University student Nasir Abdullah who continued his sit-in against the border killings by the Indian Border Security Force.
For the 22nd consecutive day, DU marketing department’s MBA student Nasir continued his sit-in, which he started on January 25.
Nasir said that he would continue the sit-in at the memorial till the government pressed its Indian counterpart to stop the killings along the border immediately.
At the rally, speakers said that due to the submissive foreign policy of Bangladesh, they could not protest at the brutal 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.
Dhaka University Central Students’ Union vice-president Nurul Haque Nur said that it took great courage to speak against Indian oppression as the protesters became victims of brutal attacks.
He also demanded that the government must take immediate steps to put an end to these killings and to ensure justice for the victims.
Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said that the ruling Awami League proved that to remain in the power they could do anything even if it came to allowing bloodsheds along border.
Professor Asif Nazrul of DU law department lamented that some ministers were even trying to justify the border killings by blaming the victims without any investigation.
He lauded the students at the university, socio-political activists of the country for expressing solidarity with him, but lamented that no one from the administration contacted him.
The Indian border force killed at least 15 Bangladeshis along the border in January this year, according to the media reports.
On January 25, a large number of protesters also held a gayebana janaza—funeral prayer without bodies—in front of the same memorial to protest at indiscriminate killings by the Indian border force.
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