Violence In JU Over Seminar On Kashmir Azadi

Violence In JU Over Seminar On Kashmir Azadi

30 October 2010
The Indian Express


Kolkata: Chaos broke out at Jadavpur University on Saturday, when representatives of the United Student’s Democractic Front (USDF), clashed with supporters of BJP. A seminar titled “Azadi: The Way Forward” was organised by student unions at Vivekananda Hall, in which Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani - Delhi University lecturer who was acquitted in the 2001 Parliament attack case ¿ was present along with Siddhartha Guha Roy, a JU teacher and activists from Manipur. The issue under discussion was the demand for ‘Azadi’ in Kashmir Valley. The fracas began when the BJP supporters raised a question about the contribution of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherhjee when Guha Roy was speaking. It got worse when Geelani said the Indian establishment in Kashmir is lying to the people of the country and he was here to tell the people what the reality is. “Even after knowing reality, if you do not put pressure on the government, you will be responsible for what is going on in Kashmir,” Geelani said. Throughout his speech, the BJP supporters protested, shouting slogans of “Hindustan Zindabad” and tore the pro-Azadi posters the supporters of USDF were carrying. Later, they blocked the road outside the hall in the University and the two sides indulged in stone pelting. “It is unfortunate that anti-national elements are spreading poison in the educational institutions in West Bengal. Our supporters opposed that only,” said Ritesh Tiwari, state secretary of the BJP. He said several BJP supporters have been injured and an FIR has been filed at the Jadavpur Police Station against the representatives of USDF and Geelani for inciting violence.


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