JU teachers, students form human chain to restrict ABVP rally

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 19:20 IST
ABVP supporters took out a rally towards JU chanting nationalistic slogans and waving national flags. (Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)

Teachers formed a human chain to avert a clash between ABVP and Left supporters at Jadavpur University (JU) on Thursday while a state BJP spokesperson filed a PIL in the Calcutta high court seeking the arrest of university students who allegedly changed anti-national slogans.

Congress workers took out a rally near the university campus where heavy police presence averted any violent confrontation.

“Law should take its course on the students who chanted anti-national slogans. Moreover, teachers and political elements who are backing anti-nationals should be identified and arrested,” BJP spokesperson Krishanu Mitra said after filing the PIL.

Mitra alleged students shouted separatist and anti-India slogans during a procession on the university campus on February 16 as they enjoyed the patronage of certain teachers and political leaders. If the state police were found incompetent then the court could consider initiating an NIA (National Investigation Agency) probe, the PIL said.

Around noon on Thursday, Left-backed student groups organised a gathering on the campus. The students later poured on to the streets near the main gate to protest against ABVP students who allegedly tore posters put up by them on the campus.

ABVP supporters led by Locket Chatterjee and actress-turned-BJP leader Rupa Ganguly took out a rally towards JU chanting nationalistic slogans and waving national flags. Their march towards JU was blocked by police about 200 metres from the main gate.

As the news spread, teachers and security personnel of the university formed a human chain to avert a confrontation between the ABVP and Left-supporting groups. Both sides, however, continued to shout slogans against each other.

The Chhatra Parishad then joined in to support the leftist students. Police were able to convince the AVBP-BJP supporters to disperse but tension still prevailed on the campus.

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