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21 days after FIR, cops finally talk to JU ‘molestation’ victim

The students, who have continued to boycott classes, however, remained adamant and said they won’t initiate talks till the V-C resigns.

At V-Cs’ press meet in Kolkata on Tuesday.
At V-Cs’ press meet in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Twenty-seven days after she was allegedly molested on the Jadavpur University campus and 21 days after she filed an FIR, senior police officials Tuesday met the victim and took her statement.

Deputy Commissioner (south suburban division) Santosh Pandey along with the officer-in-charge of Jadavpur PS and the investigating officer in the case met the girl who is putting up at a relative’s place around 12.30 pm and sought details of the incident that took place on August 28.

Meanwhile, caught in a storm over his action in calling the police inside the campus, Vice-Chancellor Abhijit Chakraborty termed the incidents that unfolded on the campus as “unfortunate”. “It is unfortunate what has happened. Let good sense prevail among the students. Let them come for discussion. I hope all problems will be solved,” Chakraborty told a TV channel here. He also issued an open letter urging the students to return to their classes.

The students, who have continued to boycott classes, however, remained adamant and said they won’t initiate talks till the V-C resigns.

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“When we asked for a dialogue, he denied. Now we don’t want any discussion with him. We want him to step down from his post. Till then we will continue with class boycott and other forms of protests,” said Somrup Das, a second year civil engineering student of the university.

Coming to V-C’s support, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that there was no question of removing Chakraborty from the post unless he himself so desired. “If he (VC) does not want, there is no question of removing him…I hope good sense will prevail on them (students),” he said.

Partha had Monday formed a five-member committee to investigate into the matter. The students, however, said they did not have any faith in the committee as it was formed without following the Vishakha guidelines. “The committee comprises people who are known for their proximity to the TMC. How can we expect a fair probe from them,” Das said.

Committee chairman and Calcutta University V-C Dr Suranjan Das claimed that Vishakha guidelines were not mandatory for the committee. “We will only submit a preliminary report on the allegations made by the students. Vishakha guidelines don’t have any link with our probe,” he said, adding that his panel will not interfere with the internal committee of JU, which was also probing into the case.

The other members of the committee refused to to comment. “We will have to see that justice is served,” said Prof Ananya Chakraborty, head of the department, JMC, St Xavier’s College. Prof Sangeeta Tripathi Mitra of Bethune College, said, “We have just been given some papers to initiate the probe”.