Jadavpur University lifts barricade, officials allowed to enter offices

September 19, 2014

Agitating students at Jadavpur University have lifted the blockade allowing the Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Siddhartha Datta and Registrar Pradip Ghosh to enter their offices. The move by the students came after the Pro-VC gave a statement to the media saying that he did not support police action inside campus.

The Pro-VC has has also assured the students that he will withdraw charges slapped against them. However, the students have said that they will continue their agitation against the alleged molestation of a student till the VC resigns.

"They had called the police that day inside the campus and we were beaten up. The VC has no right to remain in office anymore and he must immediately resign. If they have to enter the campus they have to walk over our bodies," the students had said.

On the intervening night of September 16 and 17, the students had gheraoed the university's VC, Registrar and other members of the Executive Council demanding a fresh probe panel on alleged sexual harassment of a girl student inside the campus in August.

The VC had said he feared for his life and called the police which freed him in the early hours of September 17 and also arrested 35 protesting students.

Many of the students alleged they were brutally beaten up by the police inside the campus.



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