West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday ‘rescued’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo who got heckled allegedly by SFI and AISA students when he went to address a seminar organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Jadavpur University students. Heavy security forces have been deployed at the campus following the chaos.
Earlier, Governor said the alleged heckling of Supriyo by a section of Jadavpur University students was a very serious matter and asked the state chief secretary to take immediate action with regard to it.
"With respect to the 'gherao' of Union Minister Babul Supriyo by a section of students, the Governor of the State, Jagdeep Dhankhar (in file pic) has taken a very serious view and has spoken to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal," Press Secretary to West Bengal Governor said.
Chief secretary Malay De assured the governor, who is the chancellor of the university, that the city police commissioner is being directed to look into it immediately.
Babul Supriyo, the union minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, was shown black flags and allegedly heckled by a section of students at Jadavpur University (JU), where he had gone to address a seminar organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad - the student wing of the RSS.
According to reports, Supriyo was initially stopped from entering the campus for around one-and-half hours by members of two Left-leaning organizations - Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU) and Students Federation of India - (SFI), who raised slogans ‘Babul Supriyo Go Back’.
The BJP leader faced another round of protests while trying to leave the campus around 5 pm.
“I did not come here to do politics. But I am saddened by the behaviour of some of the students of the university, the way they have heckled me. They pulled me by my hair and pushed me,” Supriyo, who attended the seminar amid heavy security, told reporters visiting the campus.
Describing the behaviour of the agitating students as “absolutely deplorable”, he alleged that the protesters were trying to “disturb peace” at the institute by “instigating the students and seminar organizers to create a stampede-like situation”.
With PTI Inputs