Jadavpur University In Limelight Yet Again, But For Wrong Reasons

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Students waved black flags when filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri was entering the Jadavpur University campus

Considering the recent incidents, it seems that Jadavpur University is becoming a center of controversies. First there were protests for students’ union elections earlier this year, then the anti-nationalism row followed the trail from Jawaharlal Nehru University and now, clashes between university students and ABVP members. On Friday, when the public screening of Vivek Agnihotri directed-political movie ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ was scheduled inside the university campus, protests erupted which later turned into full-fledged clash among left backed students and ABVP supporters.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri was invited as chief guest for screening of his movie which was planned to be held at Triguna Sen Auditorium, but later the movie was screened in open air at one of the university grounds. BJP’s student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had booked the auditorium for screening of the movie, but the booking was later cancelled amid the protests from left wing students. When Vivek Agnihotri was entering the campus, several students stopped his car and waved black flags. They raised slogans like ‘ABVP go back’, ‘RSS go back’ and ‘Down with Fascism’. He tweeted about the incident.

When the screening began at the open ground, protesting students started screening another film on the other side of ground. ABVP members got into scuffle with university students, resulting in clashes. University students alleged that there were four outsiders who molested two students in-between the clashes and kept them in hostage at Aurobindo Bhawan. While students kept four outsiders in hostage, University V-C Das and registrar PK Ghosh rushed to the campus. Upon hearing that they were affiliated to ABVP, BJP leader Roopa Ganguly also reached the campus. However, she was denied permission to enter the premises.

When asked why the booking was cancelled, V-C Suranjan Das said the auditorium is owned and managed by the University Alumni Association and university does not interfere in its functioning. He even said the main culprit behind clashes is the alumni association. They should not have given the auditorium at first place, he said adding that the organizers should have taken prior permission from university before screening the movie in open ground.

Two FIRs were filed at Jadavpur police station, one by University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and other by 10 students of university. VC Das said there are allegations of molestation of two female students by outsiders and he has filed this FIR to find out how these outsiders entered the university campus when the permission was denied. On the other hand, students filed FIR against four outsiders who were held hostage by university students and were later handed over to police.

Referring towards past events at Jadavpur University, BJP West Bengal unit said the university is becoming a ‘hub of anti-national elements’. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh even accused the opposition party CPM and university Vice-Chancellor Das of supporting anti-national activities. West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi also criticized the ongoing activities in Jadavpur university and said the university is losing its credibility. “Jadavpur University which was once known as centre for excellence is fast turning into centre for disturbances,” he added. He also appealed university officials to take stern actions against the ill-activities. KN Tripathi also holds the position of Chancellor in the university.

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