Vol. 4 Num 58 Thu. July 24, 2003  
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DU students march in silence to mark one year of attack on hall students

One year after the police atrocities on female students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU), different student organisations yesterday held various programmes on the campus to press their demands for immediate publication of the judicial probe body report on the incident and punishment of the accused.

On the night of July 23 last year, police entered the female dormitory and swooped on the students. The incident followed agitation by residents of the hall protesting illegal stay of some leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at the hall.The police atrocities triggered massive protest by students and various other quarters.

Several hundred residents of the hall brought out a silent procession on the campus yesterday morning. Later, they held a discussion meeting at the hall auditorium and demanded publication of the probe body report and action against those responsible for the incident.

The female students also alleged that JCD workers and the hall authorities are harassing them.

Opposition Awami League's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out a candle procession from the Central Shaheed Minar in the early hours of yesterday. Police stopped the procession on its way to the hall and the participants then held a protest rally at the Shaheed Minar. The BCL also formed a human chain at Aparajeyo Bangla at 10am and held a photo exhibition and a discussion meeting at Battala on the campus.

General students of the university under the banner of Students Against Repression submitted a memorandum to DU Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz. The memorandum contained a five-point demand including punishment of those involved in the police atrocities and cancellation of the proctorial laws of the university.

The other student bodies which observed the day included left leaning Progatisheel Chhatra Jote, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bangladesh Chhatra League (pro-JSD), Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri, Biplobi Chhatra Moitri.

Besides, the Cultural Platform Against Torture held a discussion, expressing solidarity with the students' demands.

Justice denied: Students of Shamsunnahar Hall, Dhaka University, yesterday carry a black banner to protest the July 23, 2002 overnight police attack on the female students' dormitory. Photo: STAR