Agitating college students of Visva-Bharati College in Santiniketan, who’ve launched a sit-in close to the official residence of Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty, on Tuesday allegedly stopped his automobile when it got here out of the quarters.
The scholars, protesting towards the rustication of three of their fellow college students since August 27, rushed to the white sedan because it got here out of the gate and stopped it, a college official stated.
An earlier report, quoting the official, had stated that the scholars had searched the automotive which had no occupant besides the driving force.
‘Visva-Bharati Chhatra-Chhatri Oikyo’, the platform of the protesting college students, claimed in a press release that that they had solely rushed to the automotive, mistaking that the VC was sitting inside, and didn’t perform any search.
Sustaining that the scholars had exchanged few phrases with the driving force of the VC’s automotive, the assertion stated a piece of the media had wrongly reported the incident.
One of many college students stated “the VC has not met us in all these 11 days. He’s inside his residence ‘Purbita’. He didn’t even settle for our bouquet on Academics Day once we would have urged him to revoke the expulsion order as we’re like his youngsters. Therefore, we needed to test if he was seated within the automotive, and we discovered he was not there.”
Describing the motion of the scholars as “uncalled for”, the official stated, “It’s an intrusion into privateness.”
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated the alleged motion of scholars to cease the automobile of a instructor was “unethical and unlawful”.
The expelled college students and a member of the Visva-Bharati College College Affiliation (VBUFA) Sudipto Bhattacharya have been holding a relay starvation strike since Sunday on the dharna ‘manch’, situated 60 metres away from the principle entrance of the VC’s residence.
In an interim order, the Calcutta Excessive Court docket on September 3, stated protests can’t be held inside 50 metres of both the tutorial and administrative buildings on the campus of the central college or the VC’s residence.
The VBUFA additionally held a rally from the put up workplace extra in Bolpur to Santiniketan to specific solidarity with the scholars, Bhattacharya, one of many academics to have been suspended by the Vice-Chancellor, stated.
The VBUFA despatched a letter to Union Training minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday drawing his consideration “to a sequence of significant issues and urgent points ensuing from the whimsical and autocratic motion of the Vice-Chancellor of the college, Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, which in flip have been adversely affecting the educating, studying and analysis ambiance within the campus.”
Referring to the rustication of three college students, the letter stated, they have been suspended for eight months after which rusticated for 3 years.
“This led to an agitation by college students close to the VC’s residence situated at an excessive finish of the campus. To the perfect of our information, the agitation didn’t disrupt any exercise of the central workplace, educating, and so on. Being in such a accountable place, the VC didn’t take any initiative to resolve the issue,” famous the school physique, which had been on a warpath with the VC.
Whereas the VC didn’t obtain calls, a Visva-Bharati official stated some academics related to the physique had confronted fees of violation of service guidelines by leaking confidential data, and therefore disciplinary motion was taken towards them, pending additional inquiry.
The official iterated the three college students have been expelled on the cost of disorderly conduct on campus throughout a protest assembly in January they usually have been persevering with such actions even after being put beneath suspension for 2 phrases.
Nonetheless, the scholars and VBUFA maintained that the motion by the college was vindictive.
An organisation of theatre activists in Bolpur visited the demonstrators and sang a number of choir numbers of Indian Individuals’s Theatre Affiliation (IPTA) whereas the police and college safety personnel saved vigil from a distance.
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