The Jadavpur University campus turned into a battlefield with police descending on agitating students at the dead of Tuesday night, triggering extensive protest that snowballed into a massive rally on Wednesday afternoon. Even a section of the teachers joined the students to demand the removal of the vice chancellor who had asked for police help compounding an ongoing problem.
On Tuesday night blows, kicks and lathis rained freely on agitating students who had gheraoed VC, Abhijit Chakravarty, demanding drawing up a new committee to examine the allegation of sexual assault on a student of BA second year (history).
Female students, too, were not spared. Many alleged molestation by outsiders who sneaked in with police. Police also arrested 35 students from the spot. Five injured students were hospitalized at the neighbouring KPC Hospital.
The VC claimed the students would have killed him if the police did not arrive.
“This incident is comparable with the lathicharge on Mamata Banerjee and land agitators during her gherao of Singur BDO office on September 25, 2006,” said Tania Sarkar, an MA first year student. “Now, Mamata’s police is doing the same,” she rued.
CPI(M) put up a road blockade outside the campus in the afternoon. In the evening, students took out a rally as well.