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JU, Presidency students take out
rallies against JNU violence

2020-01-08

 

PTI

Kolkata, Jan : Students of Jadavpur University and Presidency University on Tuesday took out rallies for the second successive day in the metropolis against the violence at Delhi's Jawarharlal Nehru University.

Activists of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) rallied from 8B Bus Stand to the JU campus, raising slogans against "fascist forces" and held placards that condemned the incident at JNU on Sunday.

The SFI activists of Presidency University marched from Hazra Crossing to Nizam Palace, where a number of offices of the Union Home Ministry are located.

The students, however, were stopped outside the Nizam Palace compound by police and asked to submit a memorandum to the home ministry officials present there.

At another protest rally, students from different higher educational institutions marched from the Presidency main campus to Jorasanko.

"The College Street-Jorasanko march has also been initiated by SFI, but we welcomed all students and there was no party flag," SFI state unit leader Subhajit Sarkar said.

More than 35 students and faculty members were assaulted on Sunday evening, after masked men armed with sticks and iron rods went on a rampage inside the campus of the JNU.

JNUSU president Aishe's mother seeks varsity VC's resignation

Durgapur (WB), Jan 7 : The mother of injured JNU students' union president Aishe Ghosh on Tuesday joined the chorus of Left parties in demanding the resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for his alleged failure to protect students from the attack by masked men.

Aishe had suffered a deep gash on her head and a fractured arm on Sunday after she was hit by armed goons on the varsity campus.

Sharmistha Ghosh, who took part in a rally organized by the CITU and the INTUC, however, insisted that the "brutal assault on the girl students at JNU and similar attacks on other educational institutions across the nation should not be politicised".

"I demand the resignation of the JNU VC. He failed to protect our children during Sunday's attack by a masked gang. The Centre, too, did nothing to protect the students. Today it is my child; tomorrow it can be someone else's. Why is there no safety of students?" Ghosh said.

She stressed that students should be allowed to voice opinions and dissent.

"I am proud of my daughter... She was not scared of the assault. However, it's sad that no action has been taken yet to arrest those involved in the attack," Ghosh added.

A mob of masked men stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi on Sunday and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods, hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings. They also attacked a women's hostel.

At least 35 students and teachers were injured in the assault.

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