JU teachers, students form human chain to thwart ABVP rally
Amidst a row over pro-Afzal slogans allegedly raised on the campus, Jadavpur University teachers and students on Thursday formed a human chain at the gates to restrict the entry of an ABVP rally.
Tension prevailed at the JU campus and the outside on Thursday morning after rallies and counter rallies were taken out by the various students’ organizations to articulate their view on the chain of events that happened at the University last few days. Various Left wing students union and Congress took out rallies to protest against the tearing of posters that took place at the University on Wednesday. AVBP supporters also organised a rally from Golpark to JU. Police prevented the rally before reaching the university. Some of the ABVP members broke out the barricade and tried to enter into the campus. Police pushed them and drove them away.
The teachers from the university and the other officials took part in the students rally to manage the crowd inside the campus and to prevent any untoward incidents. There was a possibility of the clash between SFI and ABVP if the latter were allowed to enter into the campus. There was heavy deployment of police personnel outside to check any such incident.
Leaflets that were distributed among the students taking part in a protest rally organised by the students inside Jadavpur University campus on Thursday sparked a fresh row as they were carrying anti-national slogans.
Police are examining the leaflets and trying to know who had distributed the leaflets among the students. The leaflets mentioned Afzal Guru as a ‘freedom fighter’. They also spoke for the freedom of Kashmir. Police have started a detailed investigation on the distribution these leaflets.
Meanwhile, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi on Thursday in Siliguri said that he will take a decision after going through the reports that he had sought from the Vice-chancellor of the university and the Chief Secretary on the anti national slogans raised by some persons taking part in a students’ rally taken out in support of the release of arrested JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar.
ABVP on Thursday mobilised a rally alleging that a section of JU students shouted anti national slogans. BJP district leaders including Rupa Ganguly, Locket Chatterjee took part in the rally. Incidentally it may be mentioned that a student from JU lodged a complaint at the Jadavpur police station after she received death threats on a social networking site. The complainant, Triparna Sarkar who took part in the students rally on last Tuesday alleged that she was adjudged as anti-national on a social networking site and threatened.
Some persons whose identity are yet to be ascertained by the police raised anti national slogans while taking part at the students rally organized in support of Kanhaiya Kumar on Tuesday.