Kolkata, West Bengal: Jadavpur University Students called a march on today, Saturday to protest against the “planned fascist attacks” in educational institutions, a day after the open air screening of the controversial movie by Vivek Agnihotri, named “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”. The agitators are the students community from the West Bengal, and they participated in the protest at the varsity playground.
“The students of this country are facing the fascist rage directly, and since they are trying to confront their ideas and challenging their role in education, the students everywhere in this country are being threatened, beaten up and even murdered.”
“Today, Jadavpur University is also facing similar planned fascist attacks on its autonomous space. So we appeal the student community of this state to join us in a rally to protest against such kind of fascist makeover of the educational institutions,” said a statement from the students.
But BJP in West Bengal, said Jadavpur Uiversity as a “Hub of anti-national elements” supported by varsity’s VC and accused the Opposition CPI (M) for the students clash occurred there after screening the said political movie.
“Student unrest has become a common phenomenon in Jadavpur University. The screening of a film, cleared by the Censor Board, was stopped illegally. The trend of CPI(M) and Left-backed student unions of JU has been to stop anything that is against their ideology, which is totally against the country’s democratic set up. We condemn it,” state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told PTI.
Yesterday rival groups clashed on the varsity campus over screening the movie, few girls were allegedly molested and also they restrict the entry of BJP actor-turned-politician Roopa Ganguly into the campus premises.