Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman yesterday said righteous movements are part of the glorious history of the university.
“Teachers and students of the university always protest against any wrongdoing, oppression, systematic torture, and these righteous movements are part of the glorious history of DU,” said the VC while addressing a discussion meeting held at the Teacher-Students’ Centre, organised marking the “Black Day” of DU.
“The demands raised by the students were logical, and had the then government and the administration properly realised that demand and taken the right steps to resolve it, then this black day would not have been observed at DU today,” he added.
Acting Registrar Md Enamuzzaman conducted the meeting where, Dhaka University Teachers’ Association President Prof ASM Maksood Kamal, General Secretary Professor Shibili Rubaiyatul Islam, Ducsu vice-president Nurul Haque Nur, and Zahidul Islam Biplob -- a tortured student, spoke.
Expressing deep condolences to the teachers and students who were tortured on August 23, 2007, the VC said, “We will take appropriate steps at the right time, by appraising and analysing each incident from our own position in order to avoid any such untoward situation in future.”
On the occasion, a human chain was formed at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla, joined by hundreds of students, teachers, officers and employees of DU, sporting black badges.
On August 20, 2007, some military personnel severely beat up students, and a violent clash ensued centring a football match at DU central playground.
Thousands of DU students took to streets protesting the incident and demanded withdrawal of the army camp from the campus. Protests soon spread to all educational institutions across the country.
Following the clash, the then army-backed caretaker government imposed a curfew on divisional cities. 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 were detained on August 23 and tortured in custody.