The Jadavpur University campus continued to simmer on Thursday, a day after a series of protests, as students of all departments decided to boycott classes.
“We have decided not to attend classes till the vice chancellor Abhijit Chakraborty resigns,” said Disha Roychowdhury, one of the protesting students.
Another second year Production Engineering student said that at least the VC should have come up with an apology over the attack on students by police under his instructions.
Members of Students Federation of India (SFI), however, said they were not a part of the class boycott programme. “We have called for a day-long students strike and not class boycott. That is the unanimous decision of the students here,” said Debojyoti Das, state secretary, SFI.
The university authorities, on the other hand, in a bid to pacify the students had instructed the posters which were put up on Wednesday, to be torn off the university walls.
“It had actually backfired. When I went to take off the posters, I had to face the ire of the students. Although I didn’t get beaten up because they knew I was only carrying out instructions, they kept on chanting slogans against the university authorities,” said a member of the Group D staff.
Four Left-backed students have called a statewide students strike on Thursday and members of one of the unions, All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) were seen demonstrating outside the university main gate.
Members of BJP’s Mahila Morcha, the women’s cell of BJP, will be visiting the university and the ailing students at KPC hospital and medical college. Members of different students’ unions would take out a procession from Dhakuria to Jadavpur 8B bus stand later during on Thursday.
The VC has gone on a leave citing health issues.