Presidency University students express solidarity with Jadavpur University

Students of Presidency University on Friday took out a rally in the city to express solidarity with their counterparts in Jadavpur University who were allegedly beaten up by the police, and demanded an impartial probe into the incident.

Kolkata: Students of Presidency University on Friday took out a rally in the city to express solidarity with their counterparts in Jadavpur University who were allegedly beaten up by the police, and demanded an impartial probe into the incident.

"We have taken out this rally to express solidarity with the students of Jadavpur University who were brutally beaten up by the police personal on Tuesday night. This is a shame for entire Bengal where police uses brute force to crumble a peaceful movement," said Debajyoti, a student of Presidency University.

A rally of nearly 1000 students, including students from other colleges, had planned a march from College Square to Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar.

However, the rally was stopped midway in Bowbazar area where the police barricaded the road and stopped them from proceeding further.

Later, a five-member team of students met Joint Commissioner of Police (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra and demanded an impartial probe into the police action on the JU students on early Wednesday to rescue Vice-Chancellor Abhijit Chakborty and others who were gheraoed for several hours.

"We have submitted a deputation about the incident. We have demanded an impartial probe. We asked why the police had resorted to lathicharge, which Rajeev Mishra denied. We also want the removal of the VC of JU," said a student.

The students also charged that the police were trying to implicate them in false cases as they had participated in JU's rally.

"They are trying to implicate us in false cases. We want to tell them that we are not outsiders. In a students movement, students can never be outsiders," said another student who participated in the rally.

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