Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das on Saturday said it is for the police to act against the culprits who allegedly molested girl students during a clash over a film screening at the varsity campus even as he blamed the organisers for screening the movie without permission.
“We have lodged an FIR against outsiders who were caught by our students and then handed over by us to the police. It is the police which has to act now. It is their job to take action. We did everything on our part,” Das said.
He also put the blame on the organisers for screening of Vivek Agnihotri-directed political film ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ in open-air in the campus late last evening without prior permission of the authorities.
“As per the rules any organisation has to take permission from us to do any programme inside the campus. But they did not take our permission to hold the event,” Das said.
In the meantime, Governor K N Tripathi has also sought a report on this from the VC who said he is sending it.
“Jadavpur University which was once known as centre for excellence is fast turning into centre for disturbances. The authorities should take stern action against it,” Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the state-run varsity, told PTI.
Trouble began at Jadavpur after Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri decided to screen his upcoming film in open-air after the alumni association cancelled their booking in an auditorium run by them.
“The auditorium is not run by us. We have no control over it,” the VC said.
The fracas began after the film’s screening ended late in the evening, and students from ABVP fought with activists of Left-backed student unions in which a few of them received minor injuries, officials said.
Some girl students alleged that they were molested during the melee that ensued after the incident.