The emergency executive council summoned Jadavpur University vicechancellor Abhijeet Chakrabarti failed to solve the impasse as the students continued their fast on the second day.
“Strangely despite summoning the emergency executive council meeting on Tuesday, our vice-chancellor failed to be present at the meeting. The council could not deliberate upon our primary and most important demand – resignation of our vice-chancellor. According to the council members, it is not within the jurisdiction of the council particularly when the vice chancellor is not present. Hence we are continuing with our protest and hunger strike,” said Suddhoshotto Guharoy, a protesting student of the university. While 11 students had initially joined the hunger strike, on Wednesday the count went up by one. “As long as our vice- chancellor is in office there is no question of rolling back the movement,” said Geetashri Sarkar, the general secretary of the students union of the arts faculty.
However, the emergency executive council meeting arrived at a conclusion about the formation of the Internal Compliance Committee (ICC) to look at the cases of sexual harassment. Students have been summoned to a meeting regarding its formation on Thursday. “We will be attending the meeting,” said Sarkar.
But the executive committee could not give a clear directive about the other demands of the students related to the judicial probe into the molestation case at the university on August 2014 and removal of police pickets from the main gate of the university. “Their reply was ambiguous and they left both the decisions to the court,” said Guharoy.
Meanwhile, the SFI has accused the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad of intimidating opponents at the Siliguri Women College. Asmita Biswas, the college union general secretary said, “Authorities denied permission to SFI activists to enter the college.”