The Jadavpur University campus wore a deserted look today, two days after a ruckus broke out during the visit of Union minister Babul Supriyo. The students were few as most of the department remained closed, it being a weekend. The university campus looked calm today though with flags, banners and festoons in the entrance of the gate number four lying scattered from yesterday’s protest. Meanwhile, the university authorities issued a press release, terming the entire incident as unfortunate.
A group of students in front of Gandhi Bhavan said that the classes were being held as usual in some departments. “Our classes have not been affected because of Thursday’s incident. Classes were held yesterday also,” they said. A science student said, “I was aware of the turmoil that took place on Thursday and did not come to attend classes yesterday as I feared that the outbreak might affect the usual schedule of classes. However, today our department functioned as usual.
But the campus is empty as most of the department remain closed on Saturday. I hope that normalcy returns in the campus as soon as possible.” In the meantime, the university authorities in a press statement termed the incident as unfortunate and appealed to all to maintain peace and harmony on the campus. The statement signed by the registrar of the university said, “The incident that occurred in connection with the visit of union minister Babul Supriyo to attend a programme was extremely unfortunate.
The University believes in its tradition of ensuring free speech. We never anticipated that such a thing would happen. The University condemns provocations that took place from any corner during the incident. Equally unfortunate was the incident of vandalism which occurred that evening.” The university authorities also regretted obstruction of the Governor’s vehicle and said they do not approve such actions. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar is also the Chancellor of the university.