Kolkata: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teacher’s Association (JNUTA) on Tuesday condemned the West Bengal government for “perpetrating violence” on peacefully agitating teachers of the state.
JNUTA’s reaction came in the wake of the recent assault on Calcutta University faculty members allegedly by supporters of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress students wing. JNUTA also expressed solidarity with the protesting teachers of the state.
“The JNUTA strongly condemns the state government for perpetrating violence on all democratic and peacefully demonstrating teachers and conveys its solidarity and support with agitating teachers of Bengal,” Bhaswati Sarkar, general secretary, JNUTA, said in a statement.
West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi on Saturday urged the stakeholders to resolve the issue through dialogue.
Calcutta University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das has threatened to quit if no action was taken in the case of the assault on varsity teachers. Das, who along with a section of teaching and non-teaching staff was assaulted last week, allegedly by members of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP).
The vice chancellor, who had initially denied the assault, submitted a confidential report to Education Minister Partha Chatterjee giving a detailed account of the “assault, the assaulters and who led the assault”. The issue has also created a political furore.
While the opposition Left Front suggested Chatterjee step down as the education minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sought Tripathi’s intervention against the Trinamool’s bid to “spread hegemony to create anarchy in the entire education system”.