On Monday, violence broke out outside Kolkata’s Jadavpur University during a protest by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad – the student’s union group linked with the BJP – over September 19’s attack on Union Minister Babul Supriyo. As the Kolkata Police arrived and positioned barricades outside the gates of JU, the protesting students started throwing stones at them. 

Babul Supriyo was harassed by students reportedly linked to the CPM student’s union group – the Students Federation of India.  

“They pulled me by my hair and pushed me,” said Mr. Supriyo, who was brought out of Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who drove to the spot.  Video footage from the spot highlighted Mr. Supriyo surrounded by a huge crowd of protesting students. The Union Minister, his shirt torn, was found to be pushed around by the approaching crowd. 

The Governor’s Office has termed the incident as a “very serious reflection on the law and order of the state and on the conduct of the law enforcing agencies.”

Mr. Supriyo claims that the situation could have been brought easily under control had the authority of the JU tried. 

He tweets, “You have no words to utter for six hours or no administrative action from Mamta Government…Your dirty politics have overpowered your logic. I pity you. FYI, if the Vice-Chancellor wanted, the situation would have been under control at 3 pm before your #SFI (Students Federation of India, linked to the Left) hooligans started it. AVBP had Jadavpur University registrar’s permission to do the event.”

Citing that the attackers were connected to the CPM, the state-ruling party has said that neither TMC nor the police were involved in the incident. 

West Bengal’s Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has said that the Governor had gone to the “so-called rescue” mission without taking the “government into confidence” or offering the state authorities a chance to manage the situation.

The Arts Faculty Students Union of the Jadavpur University has lodged a police complaint against Babul Supriyo, accusing him of misconduct on September 19. A complaint has also been lodged against five members of the ABVP for assaulting students, including women, and vandalizing university property.

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