JU students attacked by Lungi clad Police

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    JU students attacked by Lungi clad Police

    Calcutta, Sept. 17: Police thrashed protesters and drove them out of Jadavpur University in the dead of night on Tuesday, triggering allegations of brutality on students, an education strike call on Thursday and a political confrontation that breathed life into the Left.

    The police had entered the campus on a written request from interim vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti who was gheraoed by students demanding changes in a committee probing a sexual harassment charge.

    With the Mamata Banerjee government “condemning” the students’ agitation, Left student unions have called a statewide education strike on Thursday, covering Class X-XII in schools and all courses in colleges and universities. Students appearing for examinations have been exempt.

    Fuelled by social media, the backlash against the police action looks set to manifest itself on the street tomorrow. Left organisations announced a procession from Dhakuria to the 8B bus stand in Jadavpur at 4pm on Thursday and invited non-Left groups to join in.

    Sankha Ghosh, the poet who has spoken out on issues ranging from Nandigram to the cartoon arrest, issued a statement: “Madhya raater ondhokare nirostro chhelemeyeder opor-e nrishongsho polici hamlar katha jene lajja-e aar glani-te asar hoye jachchhe mon (My mind is getting numbed with shame knowing about the midnight assault on unarmed children by the police).”

    During the 10-hour gherao, the vice-chancellor and other officials were not allowed to leave the building. The students were demanding the dissolution of the internal complaints committee that is probing a molestation complaint against some JU students who stay in the boys’ hostel. They wanted a new panel with more external nominees.

    The committee, headed by an international relations professor, includes teachers from several departments and one external member. The students had alleged that some of the members were trying to harass the victim.

    Among the panel members is Priyadarshini Mullick, a research scholar and the daughter of state food minister Jyotipriya Mullick. The students want her removed. The interim VC is considered close to the Trinamul government —factors that appear to have inflamed the situation.

    The police action took place between 2am and 2.30am, when they cleared the students from the portico of Aurobindo Bhavan, the administrative building where an executive council meeting had ended around 4pm. Chakrabarti was brought out under police cover around 2am.

    Students alleged the police switched off the lights and dragged, kicked, slapped and punched them. According to their version, only two women personnel were present and policemen assaulted girls.

    The police denied the charges and said there were about 40 women, many of them in plainclothes.

    On Wednesday morning, students lodged a complaint against VC Chakrabarti, additional police commissioner Debasish Roy, one of the officers who had tried to broker peace, and the OC of Jadavpur police station.

    The complaint read that the VC initiated “a movement against the students wherein the women were molested, sexually and mentally assaulted, while goons from a reputed political party walked over bodies of the women after switching the lights off”.

    Nabattoma Pal, a third-year student of international relations, said: “About 100 of us were sitting on the steps at the entry. It was a peaceful protest. Some policemen entered and started to pull us. They dragged us along the road. Some of them kicked, slapped and punched us.”

    Some students alleged that the police “lathi-charged” them. The police denied the “lathi-charge” but television footage showed some policemen with what looked like batons or canes.

    Altogether around 150 police personnel, drawn from the Lalbazar police headquarters and the commando force from the bodyguard lines in Alipore, took part in the action.

    Sources in the university said the vice-chancellor insisted on police action since at least nine women members of the internal complaints committee were also not being allowed to leave. Two of them are in their 60s, and the VC apprehended they could take ill.

    “We were negotiating with the students since 8pm but they did not relent. Around 1.30am, when the talks did not work, we decided to initiate the process of rescuing the VC and there was a scuffle between the students and the police. The students hurled stones at the police and 11 of our personnel were injured,” said Rajeev Mishra, special additional commissioner of police, headquarters.

    The police arrested 35 students, including a girl, after Tuesday night’s action. They were taken to Lalbazar and released early this morning. “I was repeatedly hit on my back and dragged out of the campus. They forced me into a police van waiting outside. The van once stopped midway for a headcount of the number of students and then went directly to Lalbazar,” said Siddharth Sinha, an undergraduate student of English.

    Three students were admitted to the adjacent KPC Medical College and Hospital.

    Barun Saha Dalal, principal of KPC Medical College and Hospital, said: “Three students who are admitted are complaining of pain and are on medication. There are no injury marks on their bodies. None of them needed any stitches either. One of the students claimed to have a head injury. A CT-Scan was done but it did not show any clots.”

    The police action went viral on the social media. Appeals went out to students, present and former, of JU and other institutions to assemble at the university. Hundreds started to arrive since the morning.

    Facebook posts and tweets with the hashtag #hokkolorob (which loosely translates as “let there be an uproar”) were used. Actress and alumnus Swastika Mukherjee changed the profile and cover pictures of her Facebook and Twitter accounts into posters with black background. Her Twitter profile picture read “V Chhi”.

    VC Chakrabarti denied the charges of police assault and blamed the students for attacking cops. “The police did not switch off the lights, the students broke them,” he claimed while leaving a private hospital in Salt Lake where he was for an hour with a complaint of headache.

    Chakrabarti also found support from education minister Partha Chatterjee. “The way the agitation was going on, it should be condemned. They were trying to create trouble on the campus. If they (the students) had to say anything, they could have come to us. The way the vice-chancellor and the professors were put under house arrest, it did not help the university earn any honours,” Chatterjee said while coming out of Raj Bhavan after meeting governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

    Many blamed the alleged partisan role Chakrabarti had played in the university over the past few months for the high turnout of 3,500 people who walked from JU to Golpark and back this evening.

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    THE PLAIN CLOTHES POLICEMEN(AKA TMC GOONS)



     
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    Jadavpur University molestation: Students allege attacks by police, TMC


    The dispute between students and authorities at Jadavpur University in Kolkata has reached an impasse with the police forcibly ending a gherao and arresting 35 students from the campus. The protests followed an incident that took place late in October. A girl from the humanities faculty of the college was reportedly dragged to the boys' hostel on the campus after a fest and was allegedly molested by ten men.

    Jadavpur University molestation: Students allege attacks by police, TMC - Firstpost
    The girl lodged a complaint with the university authorities, but no arrests were made and no action was taken, sparking off the protests which kicked off early this month.
    On Tuesday evening, the students gheraoed the vice-chancellor of the university along with the registrar, demanding a fresh probe into the incident and action against the perpetrators. The gherao continued late into the night, agencies report, following which the police had to lathicharge the students to disperse them. The Kolkata Police also arrested 35 students and the baton charging left another thirty injured.
    Social media has gone berserk condemning the incident and are alleging that not only were the students baton charged by the police, Trinamool Congress goons had joined cops in attacking the protesters.
    Screengrab from YouTube video put up by Eye Zine. Screengrab from YouTube video put up by Eye Zine.
    Some of the students have managed to shoot videos on smartphones and have shared them on Facebook while trying to show that TMC goons were involved with the police in the assault against them.
    Soon after the gherao was lifted, the students gheraoed the nearby Jadavpur Police station demanding the release of their classmates. Agencies reported that, "tension ran high in the campus and surrounding S C Mallick Road area, as the students assembled in large numbers before the police station, disrupting traffic". The police headquarters issued a statement saying the students had been given a deadline till 10.30 am to lift the blockade.
    On Tuesday night, the students had gheraoed VC Souvik Bhattacharya and registrar Pradip Ghosh. They are also demanding the unconditional resignation of the VC.
    As usual, the Mamata Banerjee government has pleaded helplessness. Education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters, "If the agitating students want, they can also talk to the government."
    Meanwhile, the student's bodies are trying their their best to get the authorities to address their issues. One of the videos being shared show the students struggling with the police while shouting slogans incessantly. They are shown forming a human chain in front of Aurobindo Bhavan, one of the several buildings of the university, as the police try to force their way in. Posters asking, "Why have no prima facie arrests been not made" are seen adorning the walls of the building.
    Speaking to CNN-IBN, some of the students alleged that the policemen even beat up female students in an attempt to break the protests up.
    The students have also started a Facebook campaign. A page called Students Against Campus Violence on Facebook, which was started in March, is being used to post updates on the protest. One of the updates posted five hours back says, "Please proceed to KPC with funds to help those who have been hospitalized. Do not attempt to cross the police or the RAF, it will lead to yet more injuries and violence. Please help those already injured."
    Another update reads: "Female students are being attacked by the police (male and female police), their dresses being torn off, being dragged by the hair. There are torn off shoes, pieces of clothing, broken flowerpots everywhere. The students are SEVERELY injured."
    College and university campuses are no stranger to violence. Political intervention had been the order of the day under the old CPI(M) regime and from the looks of it, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is headed the same way
     
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    Bengali parties whether it is TMC or Communists are implementing same kind of policies and governance.
     
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    My friends in JU were attacked by the police who were aided by the "plain clothes policemen". These plain clothes policemen were in chappals,T shirts and also in lungis. Some of them were also drunk. I have little knowledge about police forces but this is the first time that I have heard of dead drunk lungi clad policemen. This policemen also molested some female protesters. Their explanation for doing this was that they were protecting the VC who was enjoying his biriyani in his AC room. He also asked the police to lathi charge the peaceful protesters after turning off the lights.

    As a result, we, the students of the engineering department of Jadavpur University, have called upon a indefinite strike till the VC resigns and gives us an apology. We will fight for justice and nothing else.
     
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    Some of my batcmates and seniors from Jadavpur CSE dept who have expressed their feelings on this issue.

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    This above pic was a poster in front of our staff canteen near Prayukti Bhabhan which houses my dept. It tells you the true story about what transpired that night. It was the VC who asked the lights to be turned off and inititae an attack against innocent students. He also called in some Tshirt and lungi clad drunk policemen(read TMC goons) to beat up and molest female protesters.

    The fact is a certain political party is trying to turn Universities into cadre manufacturing centers by installing political VCs. This has to end.
     
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    I am afraid this is the usual thing said when one gets in a fracas.

    I don't buy that.

    Only a foolish person in uniform or of a law and order organisation would go out to carry out some high handed action after having a drink, knowing fully well that accusations will be flying thick and fast.

    Plain clothes policemen are supposed to blend in with the public of the area under surveillance before going into action. One cannot be in suit and boot in a locality where lungi men and lungi dance happens, that is, if they are to keep a watch over the area to be under surveillance.

    That apart, yes, the police acted in a rather high handed way. But then the VC is but a Mamata man (IIRC the last Governor did not recommend him, but Mamata prevailed). That is why the police acted and with get alacrity and roughshod. If they hadn't then Aunty would be wild!

    The TMC is acting like wild fools gone out of control.

    Their real face is slowly being exposed for what they really are beneath their carefully orchestrated veneer of caring for the common man.

    The woman thinks Bengal has been willed to her by none other than God himself!
     
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    No Ray sir, I am not saying that policemen were drunk. It was the lungi clad plain clothes policemen aka the TMC goons who were drunk and molested the female protesters. If you see the video sir it clearly shows that a lot of unknown people were there along with the police.

    The the current VC,Mr Chakraborty, is a known TMC stooge. He hatched a conspiracy last year to replace the ex VC Souvik Bhattacharya who was an apolitical person and was quite strict. Mr Bhattacharya had been in IIT Kharagpur for more than 20 years before joining JU and he wanted to import their ideas in our university. In fact I was in first year when he became VC and gave his inaugural address to the engg students. I clearly remember one particular point he made in his speech. He said that he would never give in to the demands of students who fail in exams and later hold protests and gheraos infront of the VC`s room. Even if the students threaten to kill him he would not budge. He really meant business. Sadly he was removed by a political conspiracy. Now this new VC(who was initially rejected JU gets new VC, only for six months) is busy turning the university to a political organization to serve the needs of TMC.

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    Actually, this lawlessness in Bengal has gone on for long.

    Politicians, unions, students union, hawkers, auto rickshawmen, taxi drivers have all become a law unto themselves.

    It is time the State becomes a responsible State and not a land of anarchic Satraps ruing its destiny.

    That is my point.

    All this gehraoing is becoming a part of our psyche. If it is, then where is law and order?

    In other words, might is right.

    is that right?
     
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    General meeting by students in the football ground. Of course the VC probably sees this as violent.
     
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    Ray sir,I admit that this is not right. However the govt hardly pays any attention to educational institutes. Unless there are student unions there is no way to show the govt the plight of the Universities. If you visit any of the Universities you will see the dismal conditions of the labs,halls and libraries. Everything is broken and in an archaic state. As I have said earlier it feels even Newton had a better lab than us. This is true not only for JU but also for all NITs and other universities. Only the IITs have decent(not world class) facilities. We have renowned faculty here but we also require the necessary infrastructure to excel. Also the placement cells are not up to the mark. One of our seniors could not get an internship with Yahoo because his email was not forwarded by a clerk.(The clerk may have been evil or plainly incompetent.)With the govt deaf and blind to our pleas we have to organize such protests.

    As for the toilets and cleanliness I would not even go to that discussion. If anyone wants to have a taste of hell they should visit the toilets of our university. Politicians claim that there has been poriborton. What type of poriborton have we really seen in the case of educational institutes.
     
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    That is right.

    Unless we have law and order and some sense of responsibility, it will be downhill all the way.

    Note how the ruling goons decide who one is to buy the building material from and who should we employ.

    I am sure you have read the chaos that the Mayor's goons have caused in IIM, which has been selected as world's 13th best Business School.

    FT rankings 2014: At 13th rank, IIM-C among top non-European B-schools
    IIM-Ahmedabad could get only 16th position

    FT rankings 2014: At 13th rank, IIM-C among top non-European B-schools | Business Standard News
     
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    Yes sir that is again the work of TMC. I personally feel Mamata Bannerjee is a decent politician but her party is turning out to be the same as CPM. People often question my cynical and so called critical attitude to all things Indian. This is the real reason why I am so pessimistic. In countries like Japan,US,UK and Canada politicians would never even think of interfering in the educational institutes. Their universities have students with same IQ level as us yet they produce far more Noble Prize and Field Medal winners. This is simply due to better facilities and equipment. Even the Chinese are beating us now!!! The GOI can spend money on hoardings and political propaganda but it can hardly spare anything for educational institutes. Apparently JU should get lakhs of funds from the WB govt as it was originally meant to be. However one can say that this does not happen. I really wonder where does the money go? I want Modi Sarkar to look into the financial dealings of all govt institutes rather than singing the "acche din" tune.
     
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    After the disclosures in the Sharada Scam, I don't believe that most in the TMC are not clean.

    It is the same excuse that Manmohan preside over the biggest scam but he is clean.

    Is he or is Mamata (a person known to micromanage every happening in Bengal to include the crowd control in Eden)?

    Why did she have a secret meeting at Delo with the scamsters?
     
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    Finally TOI has revealed the truth.

    To break Jadavpur University VC gherao, police molest students - The Times of India

    To break Jadavpur University VC gherao, police molest students

    What TOI fails to realize is that this were not police but instead goons and musclemen of one political party. Even a child knows this.
     
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    Another account of hooliganism by the goons posing as policemen.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...r-University-student/articleshow/42743465.cms
    I was groped, dragged by the hair, bundled into police van: Jadavpur University student

    KOLKATA: A Jadavpur University third-year student, who joined the agitation because she knows the earlier molestation victim and was shocked by her "character assassination" by the internal probe committee, did not have an inkling of the horror that was to follow. She, too, was molested. Shaken, she asks: "If this is the face of the law enforcer, can law really prevail in such a land?" Here is her account:

    Around 1pm, we heard that police were assembling near gate 1. I was surprised. Some cops had approached us earlier and asked us to move, but we told them that our peaceful demonstration would continue. There was enough scope for further negotiations and JUTA (Jadavpur University Teachers' Association) was trying to mediate.

    By the next half hour, there were several of them right in front Aurobindo Bhavan. The next thing I knew was I being groped, shoved, hit and pulled by a mass of brawny men — some in uniform, others in plainclothes. Two female cops stood to one side, watching in silence. Suddenly, the area plunged into darkness, the only lights coming from TV cameras recording the brutality. I found one of my female friends being dragged towards a police van outside. When I tried to help her, two men lunged at me and dragged me by my hair. Two other men began pulling at my T-shirt, trying to force me towards the van.

    When they bundled us in, there was no woman cop inside the van. We were left at the mercy of five cops and two homeguards. I tried to argue that women cannot be arrested after sundown, but police paid no heed and instead took us to the Lalbazar central lock-up. I said I wanted to lodge a molestation FIR against the accused officers. Even as I kept repeating my rights, police shoved me into another van, saying that I had to be taken for a mandatory medical test. Thankfully, this time there were a couple of women cops.

    They took me all the way back to Bangur Hospital. The 'medical test' was a mere blood pressure test after which they forced me to sign on some documents against my wishes. After the test got over — and to my utter surprise — they took me to Jadavpur police station. I asked some extremely rude cops why I was brought there but they told me to keep shut. After some time, a senior officer gave a rather surprising explanation. He said "it was safer" for me to stay in the police station than the campus. I again said I wanted to lodge a molestation case against the cops, but no one paid any heed.

    They let me off early morning. Till now, I have no clue whether I was arrested or merely detained. I am worried about the signatures I put in. Please do not put in my name as my family will get nervous. But tell me, if the government commits such atrocities, can the youth just sit and watch?"
     
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    Look at the poriborton of TMC. During Nandigram they condemn the "hawai chappal" wearing policemen. Now when TMC is in power the picture changes completely. This is the tale of the mouse and sadhu again. The proverb "Punor Musiko Bhabho" comes to my mind.
     
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    The lies of VC revealed by ABP news.
     
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    Rightly did Churchill say that India isn't fit to be an independent nation. A country that's been a slave for 1000 years isn't fit to be sovereign. If you give slaves so much power, there is only going to be anarchy. Not law, not governance. Unfortunately, patriotism seems more important than the truth ... for some people.
     

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