Violence erupted in West Bengal’s Jadavpur University after Union Minister Babul Supriyo was manhandled allegedly by a group of students from left-leaning unions.
According to reports, Babul Supriyo came to the campus on Thursday to attend a seminar organised by the RSS affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Agitating and raising slogans against him, he was blocked at the gate for hours.
Black flags were raised by several students belonging to the SFI, AFSU, FETSU, AISA and a few from the TMCP.
When Babul entered the campus, he was allegedly heckled by the students who were protesting his presence inside the campus.
The students alleged that the union minister misbehaved with the students, many of whom were women.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is the chancellor of the university, soon rushed to the spot along with a large police force to the rescue of Babul.
The governor also faced demonstrations by the students groups and blocked his way.
As per media reports, both finally left the campus late in the evening after the blockade was lifted after the university teachers stepped in.
The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) expressed “shock” over Governor’s visit to the university to bring the Union Minister.
In a statement, the TMC criticised the governor saying that he visited the campus without informing the “elected government”
“This is most unfortunate and shocking that our Governor, the custodian of the Constitution of the State, without informing the elected government went to the so-called rescue of the BJP leader from Jadavpur University,” it said.
“The CM requested him to give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue. But instead of taking the government into confidence, the Governor went there to help BJP,” the statement reads.
The party also claimed that the police were waiting outside the university but were unable to enter in the absence of any communication from the VC.
The governor, following the TMC’s statement, also justified his visit to the university to the rescue, saying he “waited for sufficient time after speaking to the chief minister and after the situation did not show any change, he left for the institute”.
Meanwhile, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday strongly attacked the TMC government.
Ghosh and alleged TMC was “waiting” for the Union Minister to “get killed” at the University.
“Anti-nationals and Communists have made Jadavpur University as their hub. They have no rights to stay there. Like how we conducted surgical strikes against Pakistan and destroyed terror launch pads, our party workers will do a surgical strike against these people. We don’t want such students who shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and does physical harassment of a minister,” he said.
“Police was not sent there earlier. The Chief Minister said she was not aware of it (incident). She and her ministers were sitting idle and were waiting for Babul Supriyo to get killed at the institute. You are supporting the antisocials,” he added.
Protests were taken out by the SFI and supporting student groups across Kolkata against the incident. SFI has also announced state wise protest.
Counter protests were also taken out by the BJP and ABVP in the city blaming SFI for the incident.