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11:00 PM, July 23, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, July 23, 2009

Shamsunnahar Hall Tragedy

Call to punish perpetrators

Students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) and different student organisations yesterday staged demonstrations on the campus demanding exemplary punishment to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres and police those who were involved in the atrocities on female students at the hall on July 23 in 2002.
Protesting the incident, popularly known as Shamsunnahar Hall Tragedy, student organisations of the campus organised protest processions, rallies and cultural programmes throughout the day to mark the 7th anniversary of the incident.
On that day in 2002, the police entered into the hall braking open the gate at the dead of night, dragged the female students from their beds, abused verbally and assaulted them, leaving more than 50 students injured.
The police swooped on them in presence of the hall administration as they were protesting illegal stay of some JCD leaders, student wing of BNP.
Female students of the hall took out a procession in the morning from the hall gate that paraded different streets on the campus protesting the police attack. Provost of the hall and other teachers joined the procession. They also lit candles at hall premises in early hours yesterday.
Bangladesh Chhatra League in the evening lit candles at the Central Shaheed Minar. It also brought out a procession with candles in their hands that paraded different streets on the campus.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union did wall paintings at the wall of Shamsunnahar Hall wall protesting the incident. It also organised a cultural programme protesting the police atrocities in front of hall gate in the evening.
Bangladesh Chhatra Federation and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front also brought out separate processions on the campus.

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