ABVP activists march to Jadavpur University, stopped by police

Kolkata, Feb. 18 (ANI): The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists on Thursday staged a protest against alleged anti-national slogans raised in the Jadavpur University campus.

They tried to enter the campus but were forcefully stopped by the police.

Human chain was also formed outside the varsity to ensure that the ABVP rally does not enter the campus.

The members raised slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rupa Ganguly tried to enter the campus.

Pro-separatist movement pamphlets were being distributed during the rally at the Jadavpur University.

“This movement, which means its activists, sympathizers, spectators, must be attentive to what extent this movement itself is a statist movement i.e. to what extent it takes state to be a natural fact and politics itself as an action inside this limit, to what extent the images of war and spilling blood intoxicate us, us who want to achieve sovereignty,” the pamphlet read.

It further states, “This is not an attempt to preach non-violence which at times can be as evil as the violence of the oppressor but to point out the historical limit which it is our task to transcend”

Earlier, several students’ organisations, including the All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) took out a protest march in the campus to condemn the incident.

“We think it would be absolutely docile to sit quiet after the attack. So, we have decided to take to the streets and decided to hold a rally to condemn the incident that took place yesterday in the campus. There are apprehensions of violence and apprehensions of students being beaten up once again in the campus,” AIDSO member Shromon Guha told ANI.

“The students on their part are very clear on their stance. They are determined to maintain peace within the campus and to resist against any sort of fascist mobilization within the campus premises,” he added.

Another protestor Jubi Saha said they are protesting against the attack in the campus by the ABVP and RSS members. She added that they would protest and try to stop the Hindu fascist power from entering the campus.

Posters calling for ‘azadi’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were put up at the Jadavpur University were torn by the ABVP activists, who allegedly vandalised the university complex yesterday evening.

The posters had been signed by a group called ‘RADICAL’ and described by both the Jadavpur University Students Union and the varsity’s vice-chancellor Suranjan Das as a ‘fringe’ group allegedly responsible for raising ‘pro-Afzal’ slogans at a rally on Tuesday. (ANI)

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