Different student organisations Tuesday observed the 11th Shamsunnahar Hall Tragedy Day demanding exemplary punishment of the accused who were involved in the attacks on the students at the dormitory on July 23 in 2002.
Banglaladesh Chhattra League from a rally at the altar of the Aparajeyo Bangla on Tuesday blamed former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and the then vice-chancellor and proctor for the atrocity on the students.
Speaking at the rally Chhatra League President HM Boddiuzzaman Shohag brought the allegation.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders with the patronisation of former vice-chancellor Anwar Hossain Chowdhury and proctor Nazrul Islam launched the attack, he said.
He also blasted the university authorities for not taking any punitive measures against those involved in the attack.
Chhatra League General Secretary Siddique Nazmul Alam said: “The accused were spared as the BNP-Jamat-led government were directly linked to the incident.”
Chhatra League DU unit President Mehedi Hasan Molla said: “Chhatra Dal cadres who were involved in the incident must be punished as early as possible.”
He alleged that some Chhatra Dal activists involved in the assault on students are now doing jobs in different sectors of the university.
Shamsul Kobir Rahat and Omar Sharif, among others, spoke at the rally.
Earlier, they brought out a procession from Modhu’s Canteen which marched through different streets on the campus before ending at Aparajeyo Bangla.
On this day of 2002 policemen entered the hall at night, dragged the residents of the women’s hall, and abused and assaulted them as they were protesting against illegal stay of some leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in the hall.
More than 50 students were injured.
Bangladesh Chhatra Federation organised a day-long photo exhibition at DU Central Students’ Union building premises to mark the day.