Following the vandalisation of the Jadavpur University complex on Wednesday, several students’ organisations, including the All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) on Thursday took out a protest march in the campus to condemn the incident.
“We think it would be absolutely docile to sit quiet after the attack. So we have decided to take to the streets and decided to hold a rally to condemn the incident that took place yesterday in the campus. There are apprehensions of violence and apprehensions of students being beaten up once again within the campus,” AIDSO member Shromon Guha told ANI.
The students on their part are very clear on their stance. They are determined to maintain peace within the campus and to resist against any sort of fascist mobilization within the campus premises,” he added.
Another protestor Jubi Saha said they are protesting against the attack in the campus by the ABVP and the RSS, adding that if the students of the ABVP come in the campus they will protest and try to stop the Hindu fascist power.
Posters calling for ‘azadi’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were put up at the Jadavpur University (JU) were tore down by ABVP activists, who allegedly vandalised the university complex on Wednesday evening.
The posters had been signed by a group called ‘RADICAL’ and described by both the Jadavpur University Students Union (JUSU) and VC as a ‘fringe’ group allegedly responsible for raising ‘pro-Afzal’ slogans at a rally on Tuesday.
Earlier, University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das said the posters had been put up by ‘fringe elements’.
“These are some fringe elements. I met the students’ union leaders in the morning and they told me that they disassociate themselves with all anti-national slogans,” Das said. He added that as VC it was his “responsibility” to ensure that students have their “right to protest” and that their “freedom of speech and expression is protected.”
He said in a university the police has no role and that he will never call police in the campus.