JU row: Students’ union files complaint against Babul Supriyo


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The complaint named Mr Supriyo as the “prime accused” and also identified five other ABVP members.

Union minister Babul Supriyo

Kolkata: The Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU) of Jadavpur University has filed a police complaint against Union minister Babul Supriyo, accusing him of misconduct during the ruckus at the varsity on Thursday.

The Left-leaning AFSU also lodged a complaint against five members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for assaulting students, including women, and vandalising university property.

“Various incidents had taken place after the Union minister of state for enviornment, forest and climate change (Babul Supriyo) came to the JU campus in an event organised by ABVP, prompted by ABVP members,” the AFSU said in its complaint on Saturday.

The complaint named Mr Supriyo as the “prime accused” and also identified five other ABVP members.

An officer of Jadavpur Police station confirmed the receipt of the complaint.

Alleging that the minister and his bodyguards had misbehaved with students on Thursday, it read, “A file of loaded magazine was found on the site of the event, which created unnecessary panic among the students, disrupting the campus life.”

Mr Surpriyo could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.

The AFSU complaint also said that ABVP members “created a ruckus,  destroyed campus property and pelted stones at the students and beat them up with sticks”.

The student union was referring to the incident when agitated ABVP supporters assembled outside one of the main gates of the varsity on Thursday evening, after Mr Supriyo was confined to the campus for over five hours.

Asked to comment on the action of AFSU, BJP leader Mukul Roy said, “This is the present scenario in West Bengal, where a Union minister, who has been assaulted by students of a university for attending a function at the institute, is named in a police complaint by those who had attacked him without any provocation.”

He alleged that the police was not taking any action against those involved in the “attack on Supriyo," and instead accepting their complaint.

“We will take appropriate legal action,” Mr Roy said.