The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a protest rally on Monday to counter the demonstration by students of Jadavpur University (JU) a few days ago.
The JU students had taken out a rally to protest against the alleged molestation of some students by outsiders (ABVP activists) on Friday night. The screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s controversial film Buddha in a Traffic Jam had triggered clashes and caused tension on campus on Friday, following which some JU students had alleged that they were molested.
Declaring war against the students, ABVP leaders threatened to chop off their legs once they stepped out of the university campus. “The Leftists, students, teachers and a section of non-teaching staff have turned the university into a den of anti-national
activities,” Subir Halder, West Bengal secretary of ABVP, said.
“We will not allow these anti-national activities here. We will chop off their legs if they dare to venture out of the university campus,” Halder said. “I have learnt that some students and teachers of the university have created a human chain outside the university’s gate to stop us from entering the campus. Don’t worry my comrade friends, we are not going to enter the campus,” Halder added.
He also pointed out that the Left-minded students had shown intolerance by creating trouble on the campus during the film screening.
Carrying the tricolour and shouting slogans, ABVP and BJP activists took out the rally from Gol Park till the Jadavpur police station. There was also a scuffle between the protesters and the police when the demonstrators tried to break the barricades and enter the university.
A section of students and faculty members also staged a demonstration on campus against the ABVP’s bid to “saffronise” the varsity.
“We have seen how in the name of screening a movie, the ABVP activists indulged in molesting students. We all have gathered here to resist their evil designs. We are here to resist fascist outfits like the ABVP and the BJP,” said a student.
(With IANS inputs)