Babul Supriyo Assaulted at JU, Kolkata
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament from Asansol Constituency and Union Minster of State for Environment , Forest and Climate Change , Sri. Babul Supriyo heckled and assaulted at Jadavpur University (JU) in Kolkata on Thursday evening . Babul Supriyo was on a visit to the varsity to address a seminar organized by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) . He faced a protest by hundreds of students associated with Left’s students organisation ‘Students Federation of India (SFI)’ .
Mr Supriyo was initially stopped from entering the campus for over an hour. Students affiliated to two Left-leaning organisations – Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU) and Students Federation of India (SFI) – also raised slogans “Babul Supriyo Go Back” against the BJP leader.
The Asansol MP again faced protests around 5 pm in the evening when he was trying to leave the university campus. He alleged being heckled by the students who also “pulled him by his hair”.
“I did not come here to do politics. But I am saddened by the behaviour of some of the students of the university, the way they have heckled me. They pulled me by my hair and pushed me,” Mr Supriyo was quoted by news agency Press Trust of India.
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Mr Supriyo also claimed that the protesting students tried to “provoke him by openly calling themselves naxals”.
The minister is reportedly still held up on the campus with the protesting students blocking the way to his car.
According to PTI, Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das tried to talk with agitating students, who refused to move from the main entrance of the university.
“Whatever they may try to do, they cannot provoke me. The role of the opposition in keeping democracy alive is as important as that of the ruling party, and it is also necessary to listen to the differences patiently,” he said on Twitter as he condemned the “stampede-like situation”.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has taken a “very serious view” of the incident, his press secretary told reporters, adding he has spoken to the Chief Secretary of the state about the matter.
“The incident of gherao of Union Minister Babul Supriyo and others by a section of the students in Jadavpur University is a very serious matter. It shows an adverse reflection on the law and force agency in the state,” Governor Dhankhar told PTI.
Chief secretary Malay De has assured the governor, who is the chancellor of the university, that the city police commissioner is being directed to look into it immediately.
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(With Inputs from ANI, PTI, NDTV and IANS)