Update: Members of ABVP has postponed its scheduled rally timing from 3pm to 4pm. VC Suranjan Das had requested to postpone the rally which is scheduled on Monday.
Kolkata: Members of ABVP has decided on Sunday, that they will hold a rally on Monday.
But a few students of JU fear that there would be attacks made from the crowd in the rally. They said that if there is an attack then there would be counter-attack too. The students have even criticized Governor K.N. Tripathi’s statement given on Saturday that JU is turning into a ‘center for disturbance’. They alleged that there is certainly political pressure behind such a disturbing information. The students fearing attack from the rally by ABVP, said that they will gather at gate number 4 of Jadavpur University.
This comes as a response to the protest march by the Jadavpur University students held on Saturday from JU campus to Golpark. The road show was organized as a protest against the clash between ABVP and JU students that took place on Friday over the screening of “Buddha in a traffic jam” in the JU campus. The students of JU have started their protest march. It was reported that ‘Azadi’ slogans were raised in the protest march. More than 500 students from various colleges and universities had participated in the protest.
On Friday evening, when director Vivek Agnihotri entered the campus for the screening of ‘Buddha in a traffic jam’, he was shown black flags by the university students and his car was gheraoed. Despite permission being denied to hold the screening at Triguna Bhawan, Agnihotri decided to screen the film in open air. When Agnihotri began the screening, university students started screening another film, Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai on the other side. Minutes later, the two groups—several ABVP supporters accompanying Agnihotri and the university students—got into a scuffle, resulting in clashes.
Four outsiders were then marked and taken to the Aurobindo Bhawan and kept hostage. Students claimed that the four outsiders had allegedly molested two students amidst the clashes and they could only be handed over to the police. While the four were kept hostage, the vice-chancellor and the registrar PK Ghosh rushed to the campus late night.
Meanwhile, on hearing that the four outsiders were affiliated to the ABVP, BJP leader Roopa Ganguly reached the campus. However, she was not allowed to enter the campus.
Another stand-off ensued between the BJP supporters and the students. Later, the police intervened and the four were handed over to them.